Poem: The First Ten Thousand Dead

Sometimes I can only express myself in poetry.

There’s more to come on COVID-19. As the pandemic progresses, the stories we need to tell cannot be eclipsed by a desire to remain upbeat, or to turn away from reality. I’ve had a few months to think on this, and write, and shape my thoughts.

Sometimes I can’t let the words out.

Sometimes, I can’t hold them in.


Text of the poem, The First Ten Thousand Dead


The influence of First World War poetry, specifically Charles Hamilton Sorley’s “When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead”, is intentional. Isaac Rosenberg is a favourite, and Edward Thomas.

Published in: on June 9, 2020 at 11:22 am  Comments (4)  
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4 Comments

  1. Poignant and true.

    • Thanks. I must admit to quite a bit of fury too, but that maybe didn’t get into the poem.

  2. Amazing! Perfect.

    • Hello! Thank you.


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