At Greenham Common
PublishedJuly 16, 2012 CategoryPoems of Engagement

At Greenham Common

Three generations of us came
To join the vigil by the Gate;
And say – no, never in our name,
These vile obscenities of hate!

We pledged our pictures to the wire,
And searched the eyes of those inside,
Who guard the fingers that would fire –
Our murder and their suicide.

Have they not children, wives and friends,
And – when the insane order came –
What man, as zero hour descends,
Would feed them to that final flame?

So bring more blossoms by the fence,
More children, as the Spring renews
Our promise to their innocence,
That love will overcome the Cruise!

Ralph Windle – Sunday 18th March, 1984

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