I offer this poem for National Poetry Day, 7th October 2021 and for World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2021


Together We Walk on the Common


Dark clouds threaten, rain

not bombs

                                                                          not shrapnel!

We walk easily on trodden grass

     sharing stories

                                                                            victims of war

Government made arrangements

    for ten families

                                                                          per authority

Barely a dent in the suffering, we live

          with the wounded

                                                                                      heavy on our hearts

And yet, slowly, together we forge

new friendships

              new horizons

                                     we cry, we laugh

Because we can…


 The Great Get Together, Refugees Week (Tunbridge Wells Friends of the Earth)  20th June 2021





Together we walk on the Common