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

storms 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.”

No final Grenfell Tower death toll ‘this year’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40434741
Grenfell residents’ groups compile lists of victims and survivors https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/28/grenfell-residents-groups-compile-lists-of-victims-and-survivors
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