They All Have Names

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They All Have Names

For Myanmar, Mexico and so many more


They all have names:

The toll call on the news.

A mother’s son

A father’s daughter

A schoolmate who

Sat by the window



Lost, missing or

Just gone.

All of them part

Of the great narrative

Of the human story,

And precious

Before loving eyes.

We hear the cries

And the silence.

May a blanket of comfort

Warm suffering hearts.

May the fallen


In peaceful remembrance.


Simon C.J. Falk 10 September 2017


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Author: simonfalk28

Country lad, Focussing on verse.

7 thoughts on “They All Have Names”

  1. Yes, all of them do. And so often, the rest of us forget that. My heart has been bleeding for Myanmar over the last few days. Thank you for writing this.

    1. Years ago I studied with two fine men from Shan State, Myanmar and visited one of them in his home town. A school friend of mine has in-laws in Latin America and some friends of mine have siblings in Florida, USA. These events make the world feel smaller and closer. I find poetry helps me make sense. If it help others too, then I welcome that. 🙂

  2. Thanks Simon – so essential to remember that we have names and as you say we are someone’s brother or sister or son/daughter of – there by the Grace of God go you or I in the midst of unfolding tragedies around the world –

  3. Thanks Simon – for reminding us of all the horrors the world is experiencing just now – natural or man-made … too awful. Well done on writing poetry to help you and us make some sense of what is happening … it’s a sad world right now – yet we can do things … the WAWTB let’s us know about other ways – cheers Hilary

    1. I agree Hilary. WATWB is helping us all to see and hear more deeply. It is a great gift to our lives, particularly in the face of world tragedies that may be far yet seem so near and dear to us.

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