Only Words by Oonah V Joslin

I am not a silent poet

Sprinkler systems
are expensive to install,
so I am informed on TV.
Children died. I’m appalled.
Cladding is cosmetic.
Cosmetic’s what we do.
Outsourced of course.
And with delayed reviews.
Can’t afford firefighters.
Can’t afford the NHS.
Can’t afford education.
This country’s in a mess!
It will take a long, long time
for that tower block to cool
where people died, while politics
rests by a swimming pool.
But death is not a recess.
Words won’t cover this loss.
The lives of people should come first
regardless of the cost.

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