“The site of our great loss”

From here I see black folds of burnt cladding

creates at illogical angles,

where before sturdy lines of white and grey

had adorned the rows. It stood obvious and yet unseen.

Now it peels, perforating, receding back on itself.

And we look at it.

We look at the black. The layers of black.

And the billowing, bent metal.

From here I see a hollow, gaping mouth,

its teeth knocked away, a broken smile, almost

screaming an interminable echo of silence

to a wall that cuts us off now from the wealth here.

From here I stand atop my own cladded tower,

at the right angle to the horror that hollowed that mouth

the night before,

but now I am lucky, because I am seen.

About haringeyunchained

Haringey Unchained is a collective of students aiming to show case the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham, London. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London. We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

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