Grenfell Tower: How many dead?

a tall charred tower
parades for eyes who wish to view.
& though I wasn’t there

people burnt in their rooms
while others scampered
the hallways.

some sought relief
jumping high balconies –
children, mothers, fathers, friends

frantically screamed
as a rabid fire uproots
a community and shines

a spotlight on a nation
(the richest will not cater for it’s poor).
cladding on the Tower,

and a Hotpoint fridge
notably mentioned
stirs this negligible nightmare.

79 deceased,
imprints on the psyche
but Brexit and May

storm back on the agenda.
the media complies
wistfully reporting

failed safety checks
but others want to know
who’s missing?

who’s dead?
who’s grieving?
who’s homeless?

who’s penniless?
who’s angry?
though I wasn’t there

a resident said
“we are not angry –
we are traumatized.”

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Grenfell tower survivors believe ‘many more’ people died than in current official death toll @ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/grenfell-tower-fire-death-toll-david-lammy-official-cover-police-up-80-people-mp-latest-survivors-a7819156.html
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2 thoughts on “Grenfell Tower: How many dead?

  1. Truly a devastating time for the people of Great Britain. A betrayal by the American makers of the materials used in building. I have no poetry that can express what you have expressed. I can only say, I’m so sorry.

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