The fleur de lys, Tudor roses,
(All the intricate tracery),
The old stone fireplace,
(Casting shadows into corners)
The wrought-iron spiral staircase,
(In the central clock tower)
The Great Hall
(With its hammer beam roof removed)
A Conference Room.
From its turreted battlements,
Instead of bunting.
On the morning of Friday October the 21st 1966
Waste tip No 7 started slip,
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
I have a photograph of the aftermath before me.
A sole sticking out of the 'spoil'
I had the same shoe
The same sole
Jim Morris © 2011