The Wake

by Stephen Paul Wren

The wake is full of musings
that dress a civil silence.
Goodbye tears serve their purpose
as solutes to her passing.
Their power is to stop hawks
and doves fighting in burst hearts.
We all forgive in a dream
and we all start to forgive.
Here, the wake becomes His wake
and His life feels like lifeblood.
His whole life and His last rites 
dress this silence and all sounds.

Dr Stephen Paul Wren was educated at Cambridge and worked as an industrial chemist before transitioning back into academia at Oxford. He joined Kingston University in September 2018 where he works as a Senior lecturer. Stephen’s poetry can be read here.

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