If You Will

 

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Fly the flag,

If you will,

Raise it gently,

But not too high –

Not yet.

Fly the flag,

If you will,

With respect,

Not anger;

Fly it low;

Let the winds

Carry the message.

For there is,

At least a tiny fragment

Of each of us –

A today, a

Yesterday, a tomorrow –

In those three colours

(Or else, in truth, why

Are we in this special place?)

Fly the flag,

If you will,

Without fear,

With no provocation;

In memory of events,

Moreso especially of

Innocents

Who suffered,

Those who are

Suffering still.

Fly the flag if you will:

Know that you fly it for me,

For yourself and

For the futures

Being reckoned.

Even now.

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Along the Wall Today.

Along the wall today, innocents

Are suckling in warm indolence,

Happy birds singing their

Joys-to-be-alive songs:

Too-long-lonely cuckoo and

This century’s call and no-answer

Blackbird piper. With the long-storm

Passed, sundown sentry-calm

Is sinking in. At last,

It seems, the one-time

War-stones can bask

In peace.

 

25/5/2013