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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Whether on the wordpress feed, the workplace, or among friends, people disappear for a while.  At times it is tragic.  At others, it’s just the complexity and busyness of life that means we see or hear less of them.  Their return is welcome.  





Lost to us and


we looked

we a saw a status


and felt an absence where

your place

and face

had been.

Did you also feel

the break

the quake

that made a fissure

spring apart


where once


were seen?

Later the path

came here and


and where

you came and went

and returned


us again.

Then we saw

your place resume

your face return

and words spilled

from your


and flowed

to us again.



Simon C.J. Falk 27 January 2017

Reading Other Poets – Denise Levertov

During this week I have heard some poets quoted.  One of them is Denise Levertov.  Here is an interesting  poem by Levertov Losing Track .  I find the line quoted below fascinating to ruminate over.

am I a pier
half-in half-out of the water?

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