Silent November

A thoughtful piece as always from: New Kilpatrick Church:

  
It’s too important to leave remembrance
to the definitions of others
or the memory of war
or the excuses of society

You have to leave it to the silence

Silence doesn’t let you explain
nor does it let you say sorry
nor does it let you define it all

It just leaves you with all the undefined and disorganised rawness:
the confusion and anger
the pain and loss
the unanswered questions
so that we hardly know how to respond
and says:
this can be the only real way to be genuinely moved
by the cost of every war

and while we stand in all our dignity
and respect
inside there is a chaos of images
and a tangle of questions
that makes us wonder what we do

that is only right

If we knew what it is we do
if we really knew
and if we understood why
really understood
we wouldn’t be silent every November

We wouldn’t need to

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