WHWEREVER I go in this Old World

If theres a  CAVE I cant resist it

I love the Dark & Quiet & Cold

Love the UNKNOWN ~ I cant desist it !


MY FRIENDS think Im BATS ~ they inhabit CAVES !

I often go alone ~ not recommended

If I slip and fall ~ no one to save

My *One & Only Life* has been expended !


STALACTITES look down and calm my FEARS

STALAGMITES look up and COLUMNS form

Theyve been growing here for years & years & years

Long long before I was ever BORN !


I love to find a passage UNEXPLORED

A place no TROGLODYTE has stepped before

The beauty of the CRYSTALS leave me floored

I sketch & photograph them all in awe !


There are unwritten rules when you are CAVIN*

Take care not to break the JEWELS by misbehavin*

The GUIDES all will announce ~ in sombre tone

No specimens allowed ! Your Geologic Hammer leave at HOME ! 


Thanks for visiting ~ comments welcome ~ Yours BRIAN  🧡🧡🧡 


Ive done most of my POTHOLING ~ CAVING in the Peak District (DERBYSHIRE ~ UK)

It is home to the famous BLUE JOHN MINES ~ a rare mineral only found there.

Like other Minerals and the Stalactites & Stalagmites in UK CAVES ~ it is an offence

to remove any from the CAVES ! Plenty of good specimens are available to purchase at

reasonable prices ~ in the many Mineral Specimen Shops in Matlock and other Towns.

Angela & I love the PEAK DISTRICT and often go for a WEEKEND or Longer !


Not all Countries are so protective of there Mineral Heritage. I was in Yugoslavia and

there was a sign saying *HOLE* !  No Fee no Reception Desk no Guide. I had a 

torch so I ventured in. There were lots of  lovely Stalactites & Stalagmites but what

saddened me was that several of the Stalactites had been BROKEN OFF (shock horror)

and were lying trampled on the FLOOR !  Being a Scientist I know the intrinsic value of

shards of rock lying underfoot so I decided to give them a decent BURIAL ! I selected

about SIX to prevent further damage and took them back home ! At College I asked 

the GEOLOGY DEPARTMENT if in return for one complete specimen they would slice 

others into sections and polish them ~ which they did. The JEWELLERY Department 

mounted them on chains and we sold them to the students for £10 ($13) and raised

over £500 ($650) for our COASTAL EROSION FIELD TRIP ! Yours BRIAN  🧡🧡🧡 


  • Author: ANGELA & BRIAN (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: July 17th, 2019 02:19
  • Category: Reflection
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  • Michael Edwards

    Nice one (s) B&A


      THANKS UNCLE MIKE ~ Pleased you enjoyed it ! Ive added a piece about a YOUGOSLAVIAN Stalactite ~ Please check !

      Blessings & Peace to YOU & YOURS
      Love BRIAN & ANGELA 🧡🧡🧡🧡

    • Goldfinch60

      Only been in a few caves in organised trips, always interesting to view.

      • ANGELA & BRIAN

        Thanks UNCLE ANDY ~ Organised trips are the safest. No two CAVES are the same !

        Blessings and PEACE to You & Joyce
        Love as always BRIAN & ANGELA 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

      • orchidee

        A fine write B&A. I would be claustrophobic!

        • ANGELA & BRIAN

          Thanks UNCLE STEVE ~ Yes indeed TO CLOS - TROPHOBIC for comfort !

          Q. Why does SANTA use GROTTO instead of CAVE ?
          A. He would find CAVE too SANTACLAUSTROPHOBIC !

          Blessings & Joy to You & the BOY
          Love BRIAN & ANGELA 🧡🧡🧡🧡 + 🧡

        • Suresh

          Yes, I've been to the Carlbad caves, half a century ago, and rode in a glass bottom boat. They were awesome.
          Very well poeticised

          • ANGELA & BRIAN

            Thanks SURESH ~ pleased it stirred some Memories ! CARLBAD is the most spectacular (visually) cave system We have ever visited. The Old Glass Bottomed Boat gives one an extra dimension because one can see the rock formations under the water ! America is very blessed with accessible natural phenomina !

            Blessings & Peace ~ B & A ~ 🧡🧡🧡🧡

          • Christina8

            Nice write Brian. I really enjoyed your authors notes. I wear a London blue topaz religiously. Do you think that really comes from the area or it's just a name? It's beautiful anyway. I've never been to a cave but would be afraid of the bats! LOL Yours---Christina

            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              HOLA CHRIS sorry I am late in replying ! Its gone midnight here and I am only just catching up on MPS ! Busy at WORK with reports ~ exams ~ projects to assess etc. I have always (as a CHEMIST) been intersted in GEMSTONES. London Blue Topaz is not mined in London but is is IRRADIATED in the UK to give it its distinctive Blue Colour ! TOPAZ is an Aluminium Silicate contining Fluorine ! It is widely spread and it is mined in Brazil ~ Australia ~ Africa ~ Mexico ~ USA and the Far East ! Topaz can be colourless ~ red ~ orange ~ pink ~ blue ~ green & violet ! You only have to ask !
              Pleased you enjoyed the POEM ! In the UK we have a lot more LADIES enjoying caving ! We make them tie their hair up and keep it under their helmets ! Ladies often hate caves because they are scared of a BAT getting tied up in their HAIR ! Bats however have RADAR and avoid everthing including each other in a pitch black CAVE !

              Blessings & peace to You and Yours
              Love in the SPIRIT A & B

              • Christina8

                Thanks for your reply! I got mine in Mexico, I was told the design was made after the Aztec Flower Goddess Xochitl. They were probably just full of it and trying to sell me jewelry, but man, it's gorgeous! Anyway, I hope you are doing well and not too overworked.
                Peace to you and Angela. ---Christina

              • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷🐦😽

                Wow yes I too admire caves a lot and though I'm a scaredy cat yet bats don't scare me as much as roaches. Cave drawings are great history art. This marvellous poem is one if your best poet in creative imagery and expression. I have a poem in which I mention the stalactites and stalagmites so I liked how you employed them superbly. Kudos indeed.

                Would you pls pleez give your thoughts/ comments on my newest poem too?

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