Poetry24 highly recommends poems for Grenfell Tower. Such a poignant anthology, including poems by Abigail Elizabeth Ottley, Finola Scott, and Janine Booth.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

In Nigeria

Twin bombs explode, 118 lives obliterated,
their bodies consumed by an inferno,
while a boy in Lowell, Massachusetts
creates a soda bomb, throws it at another boy,
a stranger he doesn't know,
some nameless face he can shrug off.
"Common," the authorities say.
"A phase.  Just a phase."
Maybe that's what Nigeria thought
before all the abductions 
and assaults became so prevalent.
It's a phase.
It will all go away.
Just wait.

©Kristina England


Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her writing is published or forthcoming at Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Gargoyle, New Verse News, Poetry24, and other magazines. 

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