Moira Cameron

Gold Star - 14,128 Points (Toronto (born) /Yellowknife (lives))

It Was Sad When The Headframe Came Down…(October 28,2016) - Poem by Moira Cameron

(To the tune of The Titanic, a kids camp song)

It was nineteen thirty eight, and the future, it looked great
All of Yellowknife was booming, there was gold to excavate.
But the end of mining came, and it really was a shame -
It was sad when the headframe came down.

It was sad (so sad)
It was sad (so sad)
It was sad when the headframe came down
(Crashing to the ground)
The icon was crushed; all that history now dust -
It was sad when the headframe came down.

There were many folks who fought to make the Con headframe a spot
Where our heritage could be preserved and history be taught;
But the battle was in vain, and it really was a shame -
It was sad when the headframe came down.

Topic(s) of this poem: history

Form: Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The northern Canadian city where I live was built in the 1930s when gold was discovered. The first mine built in the City limits was Miramar Con mine. The mine has been closed now for several years, and the City has been talking about dismantling all the mine's buildings, including the iconic Robertson Headframe. Many have signed petitions to try to have the building declared an historic site. However, on Saturday, October 29th, Con mine headframe will be taken down.

Comments about It Was Sad When The Headframe Came Down…(October 28,2016) by Moira Cameron

  • (11/30/2016 6:06:00 PM)

    It was sad....
    Moira,
    This is magnificent and something that so many of us can relate to in Canada. I find it ironic, with the current real estate market, that so many saveable old structures are being bulldozed just to pave the way for new, heritage-style buildings. This poem stirs up a lot. Well done!
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    Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (11/30/2016 6:15:00 PM)

    Thanks, I wish I could post before and after pics. I will miss the structure: (

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 28, 2016

Poem Edited: Friday, October 28, 2016


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