Labor Day – A Poem

A Silent Moment’s Reflection

It’s Labor Day. Maybe we can take a moment
to reflect upon bygone times…
when young girls
holding hands
jumped from windows
and parents grieved.

Perhaps we can take a moment to reflect upon now…
when young girls jump from windows
and parents grieve
and wonder
how do we allow this still to be?

May the gentle touch
of loving angel wings
forever surround
the bygone and the now.


About Ellespeth

I'm a poet. Sometimes I write stories and other nonsense. Ellespeth

11 comments on “Labor Day – A Poem

  1. In our comfortable little middle class lives there is a danger that we can forget those that came before us and who fought so hard for the labour rights that we take for granted.

  2. Amen, Ellespeth. A heart-rending but necessary poem. Such tragedies should not still happen. They were preventable before. They are preventable now.

    • Yes. They should not happen. When they do happen – society owes a remembering. I try to imagine but of course I can’t feel that holding my best friend’s or sister’s hand and jumping to our deaths. I close my eyes before the end…

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  4. So graceful, so delicate. And I say that as someone who taught literature at the college level. You have accomplished something here, something worthwhile. I too cannot image grasping the hand of a friend and leaping to escape a certain death.

    I say again, so graceful, so delicate. Angel wings indeed.

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