Thursday, 7 March 2013

Missing the train

the explosions
had shaken the street
at the edge
of the village

and they had waited
until there was silence
and the drone of the plane

was definitely gone
before they crept out
from their shelter
under the dining room table

and grandma
and all of the family
eight persons in all

ran out
dressed in his nightshirt
to check on our neighbours

the elderly couple
were both in their eighties
and he found them

with their arms
around each other

the wreckage
of their house
was next to the field
by the railway


  1. You have left me with so many unanswered questions Gwilym, was that your intention?

  2. It's just a factual report. It could happen to anybody. I guess that's the point. So the answer is, yes.

  3. As it was it was my family under the table and it was the next door house where the victims were and it was WWII, but it could just as easily be today and another family and another elderly couple in another place. We learn nothing. We make the same mistakes over and over again. We have done for eons. And we will continue into the dim distant future . . . the root cause is greed.

  4. I had a friend who once worked in Lebanon, in a day centre. He had a great anecdote about sitting under the table in his work-room with a Muslim colleague listening to American shells whistling overhead. (Fortunately they all did whistle overhead). He used to say the experience had a critical effect on his world-view.

  5. Dominic I love your last sentence or rather your friend's last sentence which fortunately wasn't his last. Thanks.


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