the story then became like this

                        he d jumped in off a clydesdale horse

then vanished like eurydice

                        beneath the sawdust oil & gorse

his friends went looking for him there

                        sun scorched in their wool knit pants

beneath the rusted excavator

                        up from high st & the manse

they brought corned beef & bits of soda

                        wrapped up in a greaseproof square

they brought some hershey s from the soldiers

                        some d arcy s kept in earthenware

and checked the crushers filled with ashlar

                        the morris tipper & the track

decided they would jump in also

                        when they failed to bring him back

and so the parents brought their hammers

                        bits of sheathing casing nails

and built a mast from railway sleepers

                        darning suntans for their sails

and built a boat to cross the quarry

                        diving where their kids went in

and followed them into the hollow

                        which locals said had no bottom

and so the Mayor dived for the parents

                        worried for his yearly vote

and so the council braved the currents

                        for their leader s anecdote

and then the doctors & the soldiers

                        followed by the entire town

until at last they filled the swimhole

                        and all of us were underground