Thursday, 28 June 2018

Who Do You Blame?

Those who fought it
    or those who caused it?

Those who saved sixty-five
    or those who cost seventy-two?

Those who did not know the tower was clad in torchwood
    or those who chose that cladding because it was cheaper?

Those whose chosen job is to walk into burning buildings to save life
    or those whose careers are built on making money by cutting corners?

Those who have seen things they will never forget
    or those who see only pounds and pence?

Those whom the community deeply respects
    or those it holds in profound contempt?

Those who pass muster
    or those who pass the buck?

Michael Dowden, we stand with you.

© Janine Booth

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Janine Booth lives in Hackney, East London. She writes and performs poetry, and has had three slim volumes of poetry published. Janine posts poems and political polemics at