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Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Standing Man

The standing man
fills the square
with his silence

as a prayer, a plea,
a peaceful affront
to the violent protest

The standing man
still and regal
as a statue,

his quiet vigil
a solemn salute
to the truth.

The standing man
without scream or siren
is dangerous

like a sword in a sheath,
powerful as a punch
pummelling the gut.

The standing man
a picture with the force
of a thousand words,
a no that can’t
be quelled
with shouts or shots.

The standing man
no longer one,
a priest to pilgrims
he has become
their silent stand
the loudest sound,
the most moving act of all.

Erdem Gunduz’s protest

©Siobhán Mc Laughlin


  1. A solemn salute to the truth! A thoughtful and well crafted poem.

  2. I agree with Little Nell, a well crafted poem about an article that caught my eye too - definitely summed it up Siobhan, well done.

  3. Thank you both very much! I thought this news story was a poem in itself, truly stunning.

  4. You have proven your great talent once again Siobhan and in this instance portrayed the great power of little action. Well done, indeed!