To honour the victims
One moment of no silence, no sorrow.
One moment of thinking not of your entangled,
twisted bodies, your blistered eyes,
your poisoned blue lips.
This time, one moment of applause for your
remembrance, dear ones. One moment
of smiling. One moment of thinking
of your dreams, colourful as finches.
One moment of standing, not in front of
the pictures which turned to stone
your shattering. This time one moment of
standing to pay respect
to the people who wanted to live longer,
to those who were scared and those who weren’t,
those whose hearts were full of kindness
and those who were cold-hearted,
to you, all of you, from the old to the young,
to you who used to walk the streets,
and thinking of tomorrow.