Where Are the Graves – Bilston Cholera Epidemic

The Bilston Cholera Epidemic had been covered in the narrative of the book, Wildfire Through Staffordshire with an accompanying poem. Ian had also written an article on the subject, with accompanying photographs of Sandfields Pumping Station for the Black Country Bugle newspaper, when he was asked by David Moore to write a poem to celebrate the lives of the people who died in the cholera epidemics of the mid ninetieth century.

Where are the cholera graves in Bilston?
Hundreds died, it was a calamity,
No deliverance from God Almighty,
Redemption for our daughters, wives and sons.
What great evil have Black Country folk done?
Our town drowned in a tsunami of tears,
A mute memorial to mark the years
To show where buried and where they have gone?

Where are the cholera graves in Bilston?
There is nothing, like Caesar turned to dust,
A suit of fine armour reduced to rust:
Extinguishment, life`s candle flame now run.
A monument should stand, courage hard won,
A permanent marker for these poor graves,
Ordinary people God would not save
Unmarked, no memorial in Bilston.

10th May 2014, Ian Henery

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