Wednesday, July 29, 2015
" All of These People"
Who was it
who suggested that the opposite
Is not so much Peace as civilisation?
Our assassinated Catholic greengrocer who died
At Christmas in the arms of our Methodist Minister,
And our ice-cream man whose continuing Requiem
Is the twenty-one flavours Children have by Heart.
Our cobbler mends shoes for everybody; our butcher
Blends into his best sausages, leeks, garlic, honey;
Our cornershop sells everything from bread to kindling.
Who can bring Peace
to people who are not civilised?
All of These People,
Alive or Dead,
29 July, 2015