Colin Ian Jeffery
Aberfan - Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery
On the morning of 21st October 1966,116 children and 28 adults died in a sea of slurry engulfing a school after the collapse of a coal-tip in Aberfan, South Wales.
What greater grief
Anguish and despair
Than loss of precious children?
Weeks of heavy rain
Drenching mountainous coal-tip
Creating slurry of Black Death.
Ominous, forbidding, destroyer
Lurking hidden above the town
Threatening unwary school.
Children sitting at desks
Teachers supervising innocence
Minutes pass with the lessons soon to end.
Avalanche of slurry gushes down
Black wave engulfing school
Crushing, suffocating and burying.
There is a press picture - - soul searing
Policeman with helmet missing, covered in dust
Carrying a dead child from the ruins.
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