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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