Rising From A Pandemic – Written & read by Al Barz (Bright Fork Poetry Media)

In the 1800’s, great great granddad’s time
An epidemic surged across the world
A new and strange disease swept every clime
Whole families with stomach pains were curled
Like foetuses, and many died before their time
Too many in communal graves were hurled

After disease had spread throughout the land
Imagine all that dread back in the day
Of a waterborne disease and no cure planned
And tens of thousands passed away
Industry and business left unmanned
The Black Country on its knees to pray

When Sandfields Pumping Station started up
Its Cornish Engine, forged in Tipton, huge machine,
Fear of Cholera banished from their sip and sup
And oh what joy for Walsall to have seen
New standpipes for to fill each cup
With crystal clear fresh water, pure and clean

At seven strokes a minute, all the day
It plunged its piston deep below the ground
Fetching up a ton of water straightaway
Pushing it through pipes to Walsall town
Where thirsty populations shout “Hooray!”
To the huge machine that barely made a sound.

Once more the industries of Walsall could survive
No more would each business fear to shut
Once more relief and bliss of staying alive
No more to haul their drinking water bucket from the cut
And we need celebrate this engineering feat
That brought such health, and wealth
And happiness to dance in every Walsall street.

Commissioned by content editor Heather Wastie for Bostin News.


About Morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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1 Response to Rising From A Pandemic – Written & read by Al Barz (Bright Fork Poetry Media)

  1. Pat Wilson says:

    Enjoyed that poem and now that building and machinery is ours to cherish.

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