Memorial flowers in Manchester (from a video)‘Manchester Remembers’ by Damian Robin The Society July 12, 2017 News of Note, Poetry, Terrorism 6 Comments On the Special Meeting of the Manchester City Council (Wed. 12th of July, 2017) to reflect on the terrible events that took place at the Manchester Arena on the 22nd of May Amendments and agendas put aside to mark the memory of those who died; the damaged lives of that emergency; a lot alive but still in tragedy; and some who’ll never shift their injury; and loved ones locked in pained expectancy; and those who implemented protocol; and those who carried out the protocol; the hard worked plan of mass fatalities; the worked-up plan for mass of casualties; the transport and the food and beds for nights; the turning wheels, the closing eyes, the lights; the logging of the details, lives and times; one homemade bomb, more than a thousand crimes; ordinary people and extraordinary care; the mass of feeling, piled in St Ann’s Square, of those hit where they did not want to be and heaped with grief that none should ever see. Damian Robin is a poet living in England. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses William Ruleman July 13, 2017 It seems to me that Mr. Robin addresses a very painful tragedy with acute sensitivity and grace. Reply Damian Robin July 14, 2017 Thank you Mr Ruleman. The Meeting was very well organised and executed with great dignity. Reply Damian Robin July 14, 2017 Here is a reply by email from the Lord Mayor of Manchester. Dear Damian Robin Thank you for your kind words, and I have read your fine poem. The solidarity of so many good people like you means a great deal to the people of Manchester. Yours sincerely Eddy Newman — Councillor Eddy Newman Lord Mayor of Manchester Reply Damian Robin July 14, 2017 From the Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester. Hi Damian Thank you for your taking the time to write to me. I hope you don’t mind, that I have shared your email with my fellow Councillors so that they too may read your very moving poem. Warm regards June Reply Damian Robin July 19, 2017 From Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader Thank you Damian, for your kind words and for your poem. Both are important to me. Bernard Reply Damian Robin July 19, 2017 These and other councillors replies show how important it is to communicate our sense of oneness and benevolence. To stand out and show it, bearing forth our sense of humanity. And to tell our truth — in this case, the truth of compassion. These attitudes may not seem practical but are appreciated and help in ways not always visible. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.