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In Memory

'All you need is love’
an anthem to live by
and he did
and we did
and earlier
as I hitch hiked
through Derbyshire mining villages
young men in the chippy
on a Friday night out
in brown collarless suits
high white shirts
elastic sided boots
and a pocket full of shillings
for the juke box
played 45’s
from the four
while girls
wrapped in
bright red P.V.C.
shuffled on their heels
and
in Finland
on my first northern christmas
‘Roll Over Beethoven’
Liverpool style
Cut through the ice
In cafes
Where they threatened to beat me
For looking like a gypsy

Each phase of my growth
From fifteen on
Was marked
By an L.P. from the lads
And it’s the sad
Black and white footage
On the television
That mirrors
The rain
On the pane of my memory

They told the world
Of the journeys
We were making
In our heads
Reinvented
Relationships
With honesty
And sang
And sang
And sang
And all the while
We knew it was special
And all the while
We knew it was poetry
And as if to confirm our beliefs
They gave us poets for our time

And now
My sweet Lord
In this time
When peace is at a premium
He rests in our memories
With love
And the peace he lived
For the whole earth