Mourning Assembly

Mourning Assembly sonnet poems

Standing at the head of the spacious hall,
Miss Smith addressed the whole assembled school;
Fixing the crowd with a firm, fluid eye,
Silent tears rolled as she began to cry:
“Our young Mark Newell, from Year Eleven,
Has now, prematurely, gone to heaven.
Yet another life cruelly unfulfilled,
Tragically by fellow pupils killed,
Who killed themselves whilst in a stolen car,
May we forgive and show how sad we are
For all concerned, each parent to their loss,
Davis and Brown, now wear an albatross,
Of not their own but of their two young boys,
Who taught us all – STOLEN CARS HOLDS NO JOYS!”

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Malcolm Massiah

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I am a writer. I am shy. I started writing poetry in my youth. I first performed in 1987 at the Avon Poetry Festival along side Bertel Martin of the Bristol Black Writers Workshop, supporting Benjamin Zephaniah.I gave my last poetry performance in 1992 at the Arnolfini gallery Bristol, supporting Labi Siffre during Poetry month.In 1998 for a year, I became the Resident Poet at Bristol Evening Post.I haven't written much since then but in 2014 I began exercising my rusty hand writing sonnets. I hope to continue writing in the coming year.
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Paul Hamnett
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Reminds me of Charles Causley, A great poem Malcolm

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