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Munich anniversary and deaths on the day

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Death came with it’s cloak
enveloping like a light-box lunching on it’s lensman

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 with each flashbulb pop
signalling another another soul to heaven

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 50 years ago – on a foul, foggy, fugged up, slushy, sleety, snowbound Munich runway
an aeroplane failed to take off – or safely abort

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 23 people died as a result
some drew their last breaths lying in the snow – attempts at revival came to nought

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 the 50th anniversary was expected
football paying it’s respects, one detects, with genuine warmth

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 but then the Grim Reaper, went deeper,
and personal

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 the carnage on the Irish roads, contributed 8
and of those that went to Heaven’s Gate, 2 were colleagues

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 but then the aperture of life closed on Auntie Mary too
and as she slips out of the picture, another family mourns

February 6th 2008

dedicated to the families associated with the Munich air crash of 1958
and to the families of Willie Quane and Sean O’Donoghue (buried yesterday and today)

and especially to Mary Gallagher and family
to my cousins, but Sean (the photographer) in particular

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/munich-anniversary-and-deaths-on-the-day/