I Hope

For the miners,
For the shipbuilders,
For the old,
For the young,
For the trade unionists,
For the sick,
For the infirm,
For the dependent,
For the Chileans,
For the Irish,
For the third world;

I hope you suffered.
I hope you suffered the way
We have,
Unable to sleep,
Sweating through
Conscious nightmares that
Won’t end,
Crying rivers of tears into
Ragged blankets,
Staring alone into
Empty spaces,
Stuck in a world of
Confusion,
Uncertainty,
Struck by your own
Inability to escape.

I hope you felt the pain
And loss
That you forced upon us.
That bloody woman leaving the building.

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