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Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone”
Rodgers & Hammerstein, Carousel
Recorded by Gerry and the Pacemakers, 1963

(The year that JFK was shot, in a crowded cavalcade,
and Piaf, the little sparrow, street and café singer, died.)
Gerry’s song, and hope in many hearts.

Dan and Reg, Water Board, hacking through tarmac,
drilling, digging, much of the day, November,
still humming the song as the van drives home.

Justin, in his hall of residence, having struggled
with his essay on the Late Romantics,
now finding Gerry’s song a big relief
as he sidles down to the bar and the juke box.

Lily though, new to the Slimline factory,
has had Gerry, radio pop, Never Walk Alone
and workroom natter, up to here, all bloody day.

Morgan, meeting his future mother-in-law,
is ladled sherry and sentiment:
You two, my darlings, will never walk alone.
Of that I’m sure.
Thinks Morgan, Moses wept.


December 14th, 1980

In Central Park, New York,
a vigil for dead Lennon.
Sandra, living in Merthyr Tydfil
(the kids now ten and eight),
shooshes them,  and Barry’s said
he’ll get them off to bed.
She’s kept the lighting down, in the lounge,
and she lights two Woolworth's candles.
It’s seven now and in New York
two hundred thousand sing
(All we are saying, is give peace a chance).
Then the silence
                           not a baby’s cry, not a dog,
just the one helicopter. In Sandra’s lounge
there is a flicker, then a glow of flame.
She puts the music on (Imagine all the people ..)
and she thinks of all the dance halls
and the flurry of petticoats
and the lights, the lights, dancing.

An hour ticks round and her eyelids
soften with sleep. Dream, Sandra,
of the guitar’s thrill and your animal energy
and the lights, the lights, dancing.



Robert Nisbet, Haverfordwest, Wales


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