Commission to Commemorate Aberfan
Grahame Davies and Tony Curtis were commissioned to produce a sequence of poems to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster on October 21 1966, in which 116 children and 28 adults were killed when a colliery waste tip collapsed on Pantglas Primary School.
The poems accompanied the famous series of photographs taken by I.C. Rapoport for Life magazine in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. The sequence was performed at a special commemorative evening at the Red House in Merthyr Tydfil, as part of a week of events commemorating the tragedy. Further details are here.
Grahame Davies's opening poem from the sequence is below:
The graves at Aberfan
The hearts of every woman, every man
The prayers of every capel, every llan,
Those who can find no God and those who can,
The separation that no sense can span
You who believe that God must have a plan
All that we fear the most since fear began,
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