"It's finished" they said,
"Officials decided at lunch
Closing down everything
Staff out in one month!"

We had a meeting
White strained faces stared blank
"No easy way to tell you"
At this my heart sank.

One by one to us all,
The statements were read
Slices of news
Real things left unsaid.

Groups stared unbelieving
Fear glazed over eyes
The hurt pain of leaving
And too many lies!

The news travelled fast
Explanations by phone
"I cannot say more

I'd better come home"

That night after talking
Or so it would seem
I had regained control
and won back self esteem.

But even as sun rise
Lit up the room
Pain returned and I cried
For us all and times gone.