Sad March Days: for Christchurch

This poem was written as I sat watching the Memorial to the earthquake in Christchurch  March 18th,2011. All but the last verse was written then. And again today we share the floodgates of grief. The penultimate verse here is for the victims of yesterdays massacre at the hands of a terrorist, and I have used the final verse of the first poem repeated.

 

National  Christchurch  Memorial 

February 22nd – March 18th, 2011

by Benita Kape

 

 The Floodgates of Grief

 

for every wind-shaken leaf

a floodgate of grief …

in Christchurch today

a Komatua in cloak speaks

to the people, and the Prince

 

 Prince William then speaks

beside him

a responder for hearing impaired

signs the words

Kia Kaha, Be Strong

 

beneath trees in a summer park

the crowd rises

speaking to their reflections

unfathomable

losses

 

resting policeman

with a child in his arms

 sun in their eyes;

a politician speaks

of a rebuild of the city

 

‘call me loyal’

the singer

and his guitar:

above in the sky a floater

RISE UP CHRISTCHURCH

 

a choir boy

his young voice

blending with

Dame Malvina Major

in a requiem

 

the ‘task’ leader

reads

the Twenty-First Psalm

and is

applauded

 

small hiccup

 in a smooth ceremony

then graciously

the flame

g     l      o      w     s

 

some still wait

for the missing;

 stories,

of grim times

so much snatched away

 

hearing the words

of many faiths

the people of the city

share

 comforting prayers

 

15.3.2019

Devastating massacre

 

on Prince Williams’ webpage

the condolence from

His Highness and Kate

a repeated message

Kia Kaha (be strong)

 

hearing the words

of many faiths

the people of the city

and the world

share comforting prayers

********************************

 

 

 

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