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A Message Poem for National Poetry Day by Debbie Singh

This poem was sent to me for National Poetry Day – it cannot be entered for my NPD competition as it is not a message from someone or something to someone or something to do with the natural world… but it is a very poignant poem, so in this one instance, I’m posting it here.

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A Message to a Time Tunnel

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Dear time tunnel

Carry this precious cargo

Of written words

Back to my younger self

In a carefree world

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Make sure I heed the warning

Not introduce it to a kitchen bin

Nor let teenage arrogance

Laugh at it aloud

Then dismiss it without backward glance

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Make sure I listen. Make sure I understand.

The complications of ignoring

The consequences of inaction

The devastation of metaphorical blindness

Which sorrow will sanction

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Send the message loud and clear

The death of our brother is so, so near

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Oh warning words, be loud with force

Be heard, be felt, be insistent,

Stop the suicide that ruined lives, make it not a start or a last

Stop the dominos from starting the fall

For a better future, you must change the past

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You, words, are mightier than a sword,

Restore the sibling umbilical cord.

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Over and out.

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© Debbie Singh

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