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Poetry
 
2004 competition: Highly commended (3 of 11)
 

The aid worker

Lull fear asleep, and let your spirit show.
You hope to save one life before you die –
Give me one sign of love before you go.

Reaping a hurricane that others sow,
You’ll walk with empty hands where killers lie.
Lull fear asleep, and let your spirit show.

We’ll stand some day where quiet waters flow.
Now, rush to the scene. You hardly question why –
Give me one sign of love before you go.

Prepared to lose you many lives ago,
Would I prefer you wring your hands and cry?
Lull fear asleep, and let your spirit show.

I think you’d have me sit at home and sew,
If you can look our children in the eye.
Give me one sign of love before you go.

The life you save may be the life you know –
Treading your way beneath a lowering sky,
Lull fear asleep and let your spirit show –
Give me one sign of love before you go.


Margaret Jones