Lying In State

It’s a common meditation

The nation looks on death

And celebrates the dying of the queen

Funerals are occasional

We don’t go every day

But this one makes us stop awhile

Stop and even pray


We share in this one nationally

She belonged to all

A symbol of our unity

Though often there we fall

The girl that died in Clapham

Sarah Everard

And young Sabina Nessa

And a hundred more I’ve heard


Out of sight is out of mind

How often that is true

And we sweep under carpets

What we don’t want to view

These days of common sorrow

Call us now to vow

Our love for life and one another

My reverence for you now


Brian Fahy

14 September 2022

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