Song of the Garden Bridge by Sally Evans

Oh we will have a garden bridge,
a garden bridge, a  garden bridge
oh we will have a garden bridge
to make our city beautiful

Oh you will have no garden bridge,
no garden bridge, no garden bridge,
oh you will have no garden bridge
to make your city beautiful

Oh we will have money and time
to walk among the trees and flowers
oh we will have money and time
to  walk across the water

Oh you will have no money or time
no destination half so fine
for warmth in spring or winter shine
to gaze on flowing water

No blossoms on the cherry tree
no carefree wandering each day,
nor light at night to dream away
there is no city beautiful

All that we had is taken away
our high rise homes are blown away,
no lamps, no electricity,
no railings to contain and hold

No safeguards to protect the view,
there is no hope there is no view,
there is no future to behold
there is no glitter pure as gold

Oh you may have a wondrous dream
but dream it fast before it goes
for you will keep no wondrous dreams,
there is no bridge, no garden

And if you want a garden bridge,
a garden bridge, a garden bridge
and if you want a garden bridge
to make your city beautiful

Oh you must build a garden bridge
that unifies the rich and poor
where all give help and all can share,
that’s strong against injustice

Oh you must build it in your minds
and you must build it with your power
and you must pay for it with tears,
to make your city beautiful.

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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