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.
A Message to a Time Tunnel
Dear time tunnel
Carry this precious cargo
Of written words
Back to my younger self
In a carefree world
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
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
Send the message loud and clear
The death of our brother is so, so near
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
You, words, are mightier than a sword,
Restore the sibling umbilical cord.
Over and out.
© Debbie Singh