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Justice for the 96 A Poem: The Justice Bell

March 10, 2007

gaz1 posted this poem here so I thought I would try and give it a little more exposure. It’s an incredibly moving poem, written by Dave Kirby in 2002, about the Hillsborough disaster:

A schoolboy holds a leather ball
in a photograph on a bedroom wall
the bed is made, the curtains drawn
as silence greets the break of dawn.

The dusk gives way to morning light
revealing shades of red and white,
which hang from posters locked in time
of the Liverpool team of 89.

Upon a pale white quilted sheet
a football kit is folded neat
with a yellow scarf, trimmed with red
and some football boots beside the bed.

In hope, the room awakes each day
to see the boy who used to play
but once again it wakes alone
for this young boy’s not coming home.

Outside, the springtime fills the air
the smell of life is everywhere
viola’s bloom and tulips grow
while daffodils dance heel to toe.

These should have been such special times
for a boy who’d now be in his prime
but spring forever turned to grey
in the Yorkshire sun, one April day.

The clock was locked on 3.06
as sun shone down upon the pitch
lighting up faces etched in pain
as death descended on Leppings Lane.

Between the bars an arm is raised
amidst a human tidal wave
a young hand yearning to be saved
grows weak inside this deathly cage.

A boy not barely in his teens
is lost amongst the dying screams
a body too frail to fight for breath
is drowned below a sea of death

His outstretched arm then disappears
to signal thirteen years of tears
as 96 souls of those who fell
await the toll of the justice bell.

Ever since that disastrous day
a vision often comes my way
I reach and grab his outstretched arm
then pull him up away from harm.

We both embrace with tear-filled eyes
I then awake to realise
it’s the same old dream I have each week
as I quietly cry myself to sleep.

On April the 15th every year
when all is calm and skies are clear
beneath a glowing Yorkshire moon
a lone Scots piper plays a tune.

The tune rings out the justice cause
then blows due west across the moors
it passes by the eternal flame
then engulfs a young boys picture frame.

His room is as it was that day
for thirteen years it’s stayed that way
untouched and frozen forever in time
since that tragic day in 89.

And as it plays its haunting sound
tears are heard from miles around
they’re tears from families of those who fell
awaiting the toll of the justice bell.


My heart goes out to everybody that was effected by that terrible day on April 15th 1989. It just reinforces my hatred off The S*N, Kelvin MacKenzie and every single piece of shit that has tried to cover up what really happened. We will never forget the 96 who lost their lives and the injustices that their families have had to face.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom permalink
    March 10, 2007 10:50 pm


    Certainly the most tragic moment in English football. Their memory still haunts the Leppings Lane end 18 years later. 😥

  2. March 10, 2007 11:37 pm

    RIP. A tragedy.

  3. auntiejoan permalink
    March 11, 2007 12:34 am

    Now I have tears in my eyes.sorry.

  4. ColinN permalink
    March 11, 2007 10:56 am


    It still beggars belief most of the general public are so ignorant about it, there was a sick comment on 5 live on Friday, and many still think The S*n’s story was true.

    Also amazing is how lightly everyone got off.

  5. YNWA permalink
    March 20, 2007 1:47 pm

    Justice, For the 96.

  6. jb67 permalink
    April 12, 2007 4:17 am

    celtic fan here that poem moved me to tears i watched this on telly that day and rates as one o the most tragic things ie seen

  7. July 24, 2008 11:32 am

    A very touching poem, i am sure that this poem will touch many peoples hearts. What a tragic loss!

  8. Brazil permalink
    April 14, 2011 5:31 pm

    Though all this years still hurting(…) We will never forget – justice for the 96 – you never walk alone

  9. lisa wolfe permalink
    September 12, 2012 5:39 am

    a lovely poem and i hope today is the start of the truth for all involved and the justice bell does ring truth

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