Sunday, 24 September 2017

Sound of Hope

bodies
wrapped in sheets
are carried out
one by one
through the night

people are weeping
shouting
calling for help
a criss-cross of cries
hundreds clamour
in a hubbub of crowds

suddenly
a man raises his arm
his hand a silent command

all fall quiet

silence runs in the roads
all you can hear is hope

breath held
in voiceless prayer

they watch
wait
dumb
unmoving

concrete debris piled
buildings tight layered
block on block
floor on floor

someone is hitting a wall
deep down there

knock knock knock

hush hush hush

knock knock knock

hush hush hush

and a fireman whispers

Viva! Viva! Viva!
Alive! Alive! Alive!

© Jackie Biggs

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Jackie Biggs has had poetry published in many magazines and anthologies, both print and online. Her first collection is The Spaces in Between (2015). She blogs at: The Spaces in Between. Twitter: @JackieNews

1 comment:

  1. I like the use of a fractured format to evoke the confusion and trauma. Particularly like the lines :
    silence runs in the roads
    all you can hear is hope

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