SHADOWS OF ALUMINA – By Dmitri Allicock

Alumina plant


By Dmitri Allicock

Silhouette of the Alumina Plant ghostly glow

Where shadows of thousands once flow

Graveyard since 1982, absent toiling horde

Encroaching jungle reclaims without a word

British Guiana’s largest investment of 1961

Processing Alumina by the thousands of tons

Crushing, grinding bauxite into a smooth slurry

Digesting, caustic soda and calcination in a hurry

Embedded 100 feet deep, massive settling tanks

Rusting tall along Upper Demerara’s river bank

Bauxite ore to rich pure alumina powder of lily white

Shipped to smelters abroad then aluminum so right

9 million power station supplying town with electricity

Countless Jobs and brighter future of less fragility

Traffic of hope and echoes where light once beam

A picture and sad story of a time with kinder dreams



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  • Alfred Bhulai  On September 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for remembering and putting it so eloquently, Dmitri.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On March 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks Alfred

  • Joseph Jardim  On April 9, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    What exactly caused the demise of the Alumina Plant?

  • Dmitri Allicock  On May 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

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