Justice for the 96

My poetic take on a day that has seen the truth about the terrible disaster of Hillsborough finally emerge after 23 years, a truth that vindicates the tireless campaigning of the families and all those who wanted justice for the 96.

Justice is truth in action,
truth after years of years of lies,
slander, deception,
Labels sticking like dirt,
years of hurt,
mocking, derision.
We hear the truth,
In silence,
In shock we read the truth.
Of those who died who could have survived,
The truth, not lies masquerading in disguise,
with tears in our eyes, we hear the truth,
for 23 years they waited in grief,
yet the truth finally emerges,
To set free the 96 to rest in peace.

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This Summer (2012)

After the parade brought the Olympic summer to a close, a poetic look back at a summer of gold

This summer (2012)

This summer we basked in sunshine,

In the glory of gold, red white and blue,

Home we came, we competed, we conquered,

We showed what dedication can do,

That you can do anything you put your mind to.

This summer we waved our flag with pride,

All embracing, eight-fold arms stretched open wide.

We saw the best of human endeavor,

Medals glinting in perfect weather,

This summer, in the stadia, in front of the telly,

As a nation we came together.

Golden days come and go but the memories remain with you,

Like a flame that will keep burning,

In this golden summer, we basked in red white and blue,

We saw that dreams can and will come true.