(On Thursday November 20th, 1986 the search resumed on
Saddleworth Moor for victims of the "Moors Murders")
Hattersley has a quiet look today
swept by the showers and the south-west wind
people wait at bus-stops still joking,
but at the Catholics' coffee-morning
the talk is of Ian and Myra,
of bitter resentment and a little hope
for the unrest of twenty-one years
will not lie down so easily.
noontime — a rainbow
reaches from Mottram — dark clouds
High above Dovestones
sixty police in orange suits
cordon off moorland,
dog-track across the heather scrub.
Half a mile away at the mobile caf'
where the Pennine Way crosses the road
ITN and others are parked —
watching, waiting, reporting.
It will not be a short time
for those who have waited twenty years;
their worst fears unconfirmed
their heartaches buried deep.
Whatever is found
beneath the imprisoning peat
not everyone's hope
will find release.
© Gerald England
Composed: Greenfield, 20th November 1986
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