In Manchester

After the shock, words are rendered meaningless:
The scene is replayed on the screen within. Again and again
Young fans running through a smoke of screams–
The absurdity sinks in slowly
Soaking up the blood of teenage dreams.
 
We now know Saffie will not turn nine
And Georgina will not be hugged
By her idol Ariana again
And Olivia’s mother’s heartfelt hope
Was touching but in vain.
 
For some this waiting for the missing
Is living through many deaths in one lifetime
Though nothing is left unsaid of this loss of sense
With snapshots shared in sorrowful silence:
Another massacre of the innocents.
 
A blast of evil madness at the end
Of an evening of harmless entertainment
With young, adoring, shrieking fans singing along
To ” One Last Time”,
Ariana Grande’s final song.
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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

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