The Call of the Mourning (1987: Age 16)

April 25, 1987

A voice from the distance

A hollow echo within

The victory march – a funeral hymn

The call of the mourned
To the mourning:

Life is bled
Life is finished
The Lord takes away
To give again

An echo in the distance

A voice from within

A funeral hymn – Gloria

A call from the children
To the mother within:

Spare your tears
No seed will flower
The Lord takes away
To return again

Do not mourn
We are not to return
Unite our hearts
We need not mourn

In honor of the children and families of Manchester and around the world who have fallen victim to the irrational power of hatred embodied in terrorism of all brands, a favorite song of mine from 1987 performed by one of my guilty pleasures, Ariana Grande:

Over the next few weeks I will be spending time with my 16-17 year old self from 1987. In no particular order, these poems will be presented in the final form I found them on computer discs discovered in an attic many years ago. This will culminate in the next entry of my Into My Own, My Story as a Writer series found here:

https://sailorpoet.com/2018/05/08/into-my-own-my-story-as-a-writer-part-i-how-it-began/

https://sailorpoet.com/2018/06/14/into-my-own-my-story-as-a-writer-part-ii-why-i-wrote-1986/

15 thoughts on “The Call of the Mourning (1987: Age 16)

  1. gizzylaw says:

    Thank you! We still resist the hate and anger. We still stand tall and refuse to bow down to the prejudice and ignorance. Keep reminding us that we need to do that. We need your words.

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  2. Singledust says:

    reading this a year later seems so surreal, then recalling all the other senseless acts in between with a heavy. I am glad you wrote this then and chronicled how important it is to remember not to live with hate.

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  3. Davy D says:

    It is much appreciated Stephen. The recent atrocity in London hit harder as the area (Borough Market) was where I starting my police career. I spent four years policing and patrolling that area so it has always been a special place for me. Me and Mrs D always visit there when we are in London.

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