Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Day 115 - 2 minute silence

We join a line at a bus stop
No ordinary queue.
A small gathering of strangers,
all here for the same reason;
to remember six young men 
none of us knew,
killed in a place we can't imagine.

Their pictures pinned to the shelter wall;
smiling, confident, brave.
A quick snapshot
that every soldier knows
might be his last.
The one we see when they are gone.

Two minutes of silence,
Two minutes for them.
I steal a glance at my eldest,
head bowed, just nine;
Half the life 
of the youngest soldier.

I think of the family's grief and pain,
the sadness that must weigh them down
and engulf everything.
 I think of the hard road ahead;
the gaps that will never close.

And I pray in these darkest hours
there's some comfort in knowing 
they died with friends,
doing a job they loved.

However hard to understand.

The church bell breaks the silence;
time moves on again.
The kids walk slowly to the car,
my thoughts caught in a distant place
as they count the days till daddy's home.


  1. Sad, moving and beautiful. You have such a talent/gift xx

  2. I echo the above. You strike a balance between the enormous sorrow of these losses and the reality of the soldiers doing a job they love. Beautiful x

  3. This is so moving, as is your other posts. You have conveyed the perspective of a mother and wife so powerfully. You have a new fan.