Names by Michael Rosen

Nov 03, 09:02 PM
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When we talk about

sisters and brothers

and fathers and mothers

when it comes to my dad

there’s always a place

where there’s a bit of a space.

It’s a gap with no one there.

It’s a father, a dad,

over there somewhere.

When we talk about

sisters and brothers

and fathers and mothers

and we get to the

sisters and brothers

of my father’s father

he shuts his eyes

and says he’d rather

not talk about that.

But we ask for their names

and where they are

where do they live

and is it far?

And bit by bit

he tells us their names

none of them here

there was a war, he explains.

And we sit and we think

about us sitting here

how sisters and brothers

could just disappear

but because Mum and Dad

were in a different place

they could stay here

where they were safe

my mother and father

were able to survive

and here we are now

and we’re all alive

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