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Glasgow Sees Syria

by Alison Phipps

 

Sometimes the moment comes
For silence
And candlelight
And mourning.

Sometimes the moment comes
when it is in silence
And with candle flame

That we show

That our hearts are broken;

Our tongues weary of protest;

Our despair at hopelessness
Too deep for our words.

We make this silent sign
together
A sign which flickers
A sign of light.
A sign of remembrance.

We mourn the deaths of friends we never had,
Families broken by grief;
Friends lost to the seas;
To the crossing of the deserts;
To the wars of our making;
To our stubborn inhumanity.

It is so easy to destroy a life.

A candle flame
Is vulnerable,
a sign of light
against the darkness of death.

A sign of sharing

Sometimes the moment comes
For silence
And candlelight
And mourning.

For too long we have said
‘You are not welcome here’
“Go away”
‘We’ll let you drown’ and we have
worked against the offer of refuge, sanctuary, and a home.

In this moment,
may we not be naïve, lazy, complacent.
May we not nurture false optimism,
Or self-congratulation.

For the weapons are proliferating;
And children live in deepening poverty;
the homeless and destitute are many;
Many have turned away from ways of mercy
of kindness, of compassion.

The borders are hardening with the hardening
of hearts.

Injustice is manufactured, purchased
installed at the checkpoints,
And feared.

And the world’s profiteers rule.

Sometimes the moment comes
when it is in silence
And with candle flame

That we stand,
We stand firm

In grief
In mourning
In sadness,
Through anger
And with resolve.

We stand firm.

Sometimes silence speaks.

letting us listen to the ebb and flow of breath
a sign of life
a sign against death.

Sometimes a time comes
When we can take no more
of the suffering of our sisters
and brothers.

When we see clearly;

We see
Glasgow sees
that

now is the time,
now is the time

To affirm love
To affirm life
To affirm compassion.
To hold fast to hope
in the goodness
at the heart of humanity

Which is planted more deeply than all that is wrong.

Sometimes the moment comes
for silence,
and candlelight,
and mourning.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2 comments on “Glasgow Sees Syria

  1. Pingback: Glasgow Sees Syria | In The Public Sphere

  2. World Wide With Kids
    September 14, 2015

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful words

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