The Coal Miner

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

I was born in West Virginia
To a family of mining men
And women widowed young
I was the only boy in that company town
To come down with polio in the summer of ’27
Two girl s got sick
But I was the only boy
It was curious.
My leg brace was a curiosity too
When I came home
From the hospital in Lexington
A year and six surgeries later

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