Grenfell by Sally Evans

in a school exam the girl
puts a blaze out of her mind
picks up a pen to answer questions
politics at bay
her words crackle on the paper
explaining what is asked
through smoke in the staircase
she chooses a question
fidgets in last night’s clothes
the length of an answer
parents at home — oh no
finish in two hours
she dots i’s, crosses t’s
her desk is flammable

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