Wednesday, 27 September 2017

I wrote your name in the sky

 I wrote your name in the sky, in tears
(this is something I don't normally do).
But the wind blew it away.
A soldier, me, taught to be emotion-free
I wrote your name in the sand
of experience
the crap life brings.
Don't never want to experience what I have
but the waves wash it away.
With my background I attack
with my family I block, it’s defence.
Gentle will always overpower strength:
I wrote your name in my heart
and here it forever will stay.


Armour is a six month project with homeless people focussing on veterans of the armed services, developing creative ideas based on medieval armour. How can veterans live peacefully with the memory of war? How do we protect ourselves and the ones we love? We are re-thinking, re-examining, re-creating quilted medieval armour, as garments embroidered with meditations on war and peace. The above poem extemporises on a piece by Jessica Blade, which itself is a Bible adaptation: "Behold I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me."

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