Saturday, 7 July 2012

Remains Of The Day OR 7/7 Remembered

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Update [March 26 2016] There have been other terrorist atrocities around the world since I posted this poem and our thoughts including close to home in France and Belgium. Our thoughts have to be with the dead and injured, their families and friends. Inevitably, though, our we cannot help but wonder, where next? Wonder, yes, it is only natural, but we cannot let ourselves brood on the question or let it dominate our thoughts, dictate how we get on with our lives.  If terrorism exploits the very worst of human nature, the human condition itself is better and stronger than that which is why the love, peace and goodness in this world - and we only have to look around to see there is more of it than the media often suggest - will always triumph over any hate, wars and predilection for sheer evil.]

Today is the 7th anniversary of the London terrorist bombings in July 2005. My close friend (and cameraman) Graham and I were asked some time ago if we would film the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park especially for a friend of someone who died in the terrorist attacks in London on July 7th 2005. He lives and works abroad and has been unable to visit the memorial. He has also read the poems and asked me to read them.  Yesterday, I uploaded our efforts to You Tube. Hopefully, no one will find either poems or video intrusive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBo01eRFBKY

Now, feedback suggests that some of you cannot access You Tube for one reason or another so I am repeating poems and video here today.

Yes, anniversaries have an important place in the public consciousness. Yet, for anyone caught up in the events of that awful day and/or directly affected by its terrible consequences, every day that passes is a day of remembrance. Our thoughts should be with them as well the fifty-two people for whom this memorial was created.

REMAINS OF THE DAY

Memory, smoke and screams
that left fifty-two fine people dead,
forever haunting our dreams

Innocence ripped at the seams,
where terrorism rears its ugly head;
Memory, smoke and screams

Despair takes all or so its seems
where hope on its heels often misled,
forever haunting our dreams

Where light but faintly gleams
that tracks the everyday hero’s tread;
Memory, smoke and screams

See inhumanity’s dark schemes
leave its enemies free if badly scarred,
forever haunting our dreams

Faith’s dark side, no love redeems,
its Heaven, even to its martyrs barred;
Memory, smoke and screams,
forever haunting our dreams

Copyright R. N. Taber 2011


YEARS ON

Let us all remember, years on,
loved ones who passed away
one July 7th in London

Injured, bereaved, battles won
so terror shall not hold sway;
let us all remember, years on

A mother, father, daughter, son…
deaths, in our lives, parts to play
one July 7th in London

On fanatics, a martyr’s light shone
though humanity too has a say;
let us all remember, years on

Where hate and despair raging on,
find hope in the cold light of day,
one July 7th in London

Love, if sorely tried and put upon,
will always find its way;
Let us all remember, years on,
one July 7th in London

[From: Accomplices to Illusion by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2007.]





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