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 screaming
as a rabid fire uproots
a community & shines

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

and a Hotpoint fridge
notably mentioned &
stirs the negligible nightmare.

79 deceased they said,
imprinted on the psyche
but Brexit & 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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