Mike Tonkin

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I am 74, and in 1998 had a stroke and my right side is paralysed. I lived in Cornwall, England until I was nineteen then I went to London and trained to be a Dentist, I then worked in London for thirty years before retiring and returning to Cornwall. My poetry is mainly about the things that I experienced and I am writing it to let people know that there can be a good life after a stroke. Some ... more »

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  • Howard Tresidder Tonkin (9/24/2016 2:12:00 PM)

    Dear Mike

    I live in Kennall Vale and love your poem. I am also a Tonkin and interested in your connection to the place. If you get this message then please drop me a line on tonkinhoward@gmail.com.



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Best Poem of Mike Tonkin


On 21st of October 1966 a tip of coal slurry slid
Into the village of Aberfan and 144 people were
Of these 116 were children who were buried
Beneath their school Pantglas Junior School.

They lie so close together now
Out there on the quiet hill
While the valley is weeping in the mist
For the mountains dreadful toll.

Their trusting eyes are closed now
Crushed by the indifference of men
And their still hearts burst with pity
For those that stand and mourn.

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