from TRANSMISSIONS

XXIV

I saw a great light come down over London,
And buildings and cars and people were still
They were held wherever they were under the sky's
Clear humming radiance as it descended -
Everywhere, in shops, behind desks and on trains
Everything stoppedas the stillness came down
Andtouched the crown of our heads
As our eyes closed, and the sky filled us,
And our minds became the sky -
And everyone, regardless of crime class or creed
Was touched; as slowly we began to stir
Out of this penetrated light-filled sleep
Dizzily as the hand completed its dialling,
And the train lurched forward
And I saw faces looking at one another questioning,
I saw people meeting eye to eye and standing
Half-amazed by each other's presence
I saw their mouths silently shaping the word why
Why didn't we know this ? And yet knowing
They already knew, and without words
We all stood searching for the gesture
That would say it -

As the lights went green, and we drove on.

1987

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