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Poem: One minute of silence

UNIVERSITY POST POETRY - In metre and metaphor. One minute of silence after the Paris attacks, as experienced by a poet

One minute of silence
For the lost and loved

One minute of sorrow
For the perished, yet not forgot

One minute of solitude
For the imprint of blood

One minute of the present
To avoid the promise of a flood

One minute of quiet selves
For Beirut, Paris and Baghdad

One minute for the full hearts
Still to beat and to be had

One minute of life
For the ones who are left

One minute for us all
To move on but not forget

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