« previous next » Print Pages: 1 Go Down Author Topic: My favourite contemporary poem.. (Read 2422 times) diane Fibsboard Executive VIP Donor 2017 Expert Posts: 4,331 My favourite contemporary poem.. « on: May 14, 2010, 05:04:23 PM » I am not entirely sure if I can 'publish' this, but this poem moved me enormously when performed for me [and a room full of others] a few years ago. To help you understand the context, the 'you know when' is 9/11..and this poem does not in any way diminish the enormity of that date, but seek to bring other 'enormities' into context.Anyhoo...here is the poem, I hear it in the way it was spoken for me, I hope however you hear it, it means as much to you.QuoteOn the first anniversary of you-know-when they held a ceremony. The names of the dead were carefully read out, as if each name was a special and delicate seedling, each reader seeming to imply: “That particular office worker, burning, instead of him it could've been me.”It took them two and a half hours to read the names so I decided I wanted to perform a poem reading out the names of everyone killed since 1998 in the Congo War. The only thing that stopped me was the cruel cost of all the lager and twiglets needed to sustain the audience for 4 months and 3 weeks.War is an insinuating therapist challenging our belief that everyone is equally special and delicate. The challenge is to be able to say: “That particular child-soldier, machine-gunned, instead of him it could've been me.” Even though it plainly couldn't.The page link to see the author, and other poems, is http://www.willholloway.com/equallydead.htm Logged Never give up on the things that make you smile FIBS Board backgammon forum My favourite contemporary poem.. « on: May 14, 2010, 05:04:23 PM » Print Pages: 1 Go Up « previous next » Tags: FIBS Board backgammon forum / Forum / FIBSBoard general / General Chit Chat / Campaigns / My favourite contemporary poem..