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Below is a poem I wrote by taking words directly from, and using them in exactly the same order as, an article that appeared online today:

Grenfell article

You can read the article here:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/29/grenfell-survivors-barred-from-council-meeting-about-fire

Here is the poem:

Survivors banned

Amid fears of disruption

In the wake of fire

Avoid a repeat

Councillors joined by invited guests

If any

This meeting will be held in private session

In the light of public safety concerns

Council under intense criticism

Disaster

Residents left to fend for themselves

Protesters stormed Kensington town hall

Anger boiled over

We want justice now

 

But then I wanted to play, explore, see what I could do by changing a single word in each line. This is what I came up with (and yes, I chose to ignore the rule twice):

 

Survivors welcomed

Amid fears of indifference

In the wake of culpability

Avoid a cover up

Councillors joined by invited spokespersons

For the many

This meeting will be held in open session

In the light of public safety breaches

Council accepts intense criticism

Disaster

Residents left to speak for themselves

Pain stormed Kensington town hall

Truth boiled over

We have justice now

 

Perhaps change isn’t so difficult, if we take it one line, one word at a time…

 

Love and blessings all –

 

Harula x

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