(photo from banner making workshop at Amnesty International preparing for Stop The War arms fair protest 2019, possibly back in London in 2021)
Taken from the ground to serve a purpose,
not decoration, a broach or pin, no,
nor coins or keys or rings.
No, this metal was taken, compounded and formed in a mould to be small and hard enough to go through skin ; into muscle, into organ, lungs, stomach, brain – in
Someone: between two people who it’s almost certain won’t know, One and other, and if they did, would they be there at all? I don’t think so.
Before the bullets tear the skin we block a road with song.
A lorry has to stop, hundreds singalong .
Bullets stopped mid air.
The games played for the money and power of others, and because in ourselves we can’t stop.
I feel , peace education is real,
I feel we can stop.