Work

Working nine-to-five, round-the-clock shifts, only when the boss wants you or not working at all ...

Warming His Coals

My (unsuccessful) entry to the 2017 Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition run by the Cookham Festival, celebrating its 50th anniversary and Spencer's 125th. It is about Spencer's 'Shipbuilding' paintings.

 

Frank was the Furnace Man, earnest and warm
The firebox of Shipbuilding, heat where there’s cold
He’s Chalmers by name and embraced for his charm
Stoking the fire made him strong in the arm
His gift to his workmates whatever their roles
Was letting them dry with a seat on his coals

Poems for Workers' Memorial Day

Waltham Forest Trades Council
28/04/2020 - 10:45

This is a partcularly poignant year for the annual Workers' Memorial Day, with key workers dying in the fight against Covid-19.

Janine will be contributing some poems as Waltham Forest Trades Council remembers the dead and rededicates itself to fight for the living. Speakers include Matt Wrack (General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union) and local MP John Cryer.

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