[Update 23/5/2016 4:50PM]
I have just spoken to British Transport Police in case they needed a witness statement. I can report that the woman was struck by the train, went under it, but was rescued by emergency services, though current status regarding treatment is unknown. Contacting next of kin is ongoing according to the initial press release of the incident.
The incident is not considered suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing. So if you were on the tube platform at around 22:43 Saturday 19/3/2016 and witnessed, please contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.
I have changed the blog post heading to reflect she did not die at the incident. The heading reflected my disbelief as an eyewitness someone could, and of course I hope she makes a full and speedy recovery. I regret not being circumspect in the heading, as I was in the poem.
The response to my poem has on the whole been positive. However, one person has suggested I deleted it in case anyone is offended or distressed by it.
I can only answer the poem is how I am dealing with the incident, and if it helps further witnesses to contact the police with their investigation, then that is something positive.
I have no idea how the people that witnessed what they saw on the metro in the recent Brussels attacks will cope, or express themselves. My advice is to let them. It might be by tweets, blogging, poetry, art or just talking. But they need to be able to do as they can.
Now, here is the poem as originally blogged.
Full of life full of joy
Revellers, flags in hand
Waved to the Land
Of Hope and Glory
Marched as a high spirited army
To South Kensington from the Albert Hall.
The tube came in
A collective gasp raised
That sucked in the air
Flags were pointing to the ground
No one was making a sound
And all I could think to ask
Was did she jump or fall?
The army, shell shocked went
Above the ground
To the siren of evacuation
The solidarity of silence broken
As people scrambled for cabs.
Life had returned in the open air
Save for one
With alternative travel arrangements
Left deep underground by all.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog