Spirit of London

An Elegy written in 11 parts about the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

For University, I wrote a 200 line elegy of a fictional victim of the 07/07/05 suicide bombings. It was a hard time for many people. I remember feeling worried for my mum who lived around London at that time. I was very much inspired by Simon Armitage's Out of the Blue, an amazing poem about a person killed in the 9/11 attacks. After reading several more of his poems, I decided to write my own. Although I could never truly imagine what the situation must have been like, nor could I ever replicate the sorrow and grief felt by those that lost loved ones in the tragedy, I hope that maybe this will pay some form of tribute. The poem contains 11 parts of varying size and every day I will post another part to the poem.

I hope you find this satisfactory, now I'll just post some snippets of information about the day before I get on with the poem.

-Within fifty seconds of each other, three bombs went off in the London Underground. The 214, the 216 then the 311 were destroyed then nearly an hour later, a double decker bus exploded, the number 30.

-On this horrific day, 52 people were killed and over 700 injured.

-The name of the bus that replaced the number 30 was called the "Spirit of London".

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