Jim Morris

England

The fleur de lys, Tudor roses,
(All the intricate tracery),
Plain plaster.

The old stone fireplace,
(Casting shadows into corners)
A radiator.

The wrought-iron spiral staircase,
(In the central clock tower)
A lift.

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The Great Hall
(With its hammer beam roof removed)
A Conference Room.

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From its turreted battlements,
Balloons hanging,
Instead of bunting.

Identification

On the morning of Friday October the 21st 1966
Waste tip No 7 started slip,
To slide...

40,000 cubic metres of mining debris,
Roared down towards Pantglas Junior School
Just after assembly.

The whole liquefied mass (40 feet deep)
Crashed into class
Then silence...

I have a photograph of the aftermath before me.
A sole sticking out of the 'spoil'
So identifiable...

I had the same shoe
The same sole
As you.

Jim Morris © 2011