A Sprig of Golden Wattle

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A sprig of golden wattle
For the deceased
A gift of remembrance
By the bereaved
Both old and young
Deceased and bereaved
Now joined by the sweetest fragrance
Of the golden wattle sprig
At St Patrick’s

Three times she kissed the golden sprig
Before her frail, trembling hand
Stuck it
Into the golden wattle wreath
Before the altar

Cruel death met them in the sky
Two hundred and ninety-eight
Why? Why? Why?
Angelic voices sing a soothing hymn
Love conquers hate, they say
Love conquers death
At St. Patrick’s today

United in grief they stand
Side by side
Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Jew
To honour the lives cut short
Their dead loved ones
Now resting in peace

In the end
Love always conquers hate
Love, sweet love, shall wipe their tears
The sweet fragrance of the golden wattle
Their hearts shall warm
Love shall not abandon us `


Written on the day of the National Memorial Service for the victims of the MH17 disaster at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia. 7/o8/2014.

Copyright © 2014 Irina Dimitric

About irinadim

Kookaburra sweet, you neither chirp nor tweet. Your laughter is much like mine, my cackle is much like thine. We are two sister souls, one clad in feathers, the other in clothes. ~ Irina ~ I’m a budding blogger. Poetry and photography are my newest passions, living in perfect harmony inspiring each other. I like both free verse and form poetry and am quite proud to let you know that I am the creator of a new form named ‘tercetonine’. Blog Name: Irina's Poetry Corner Blog URL: http://irinadim.com
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10 Responses to A Sprig of Golden Wattle

  1. slpsharon says:

    Very nice memorial.

  2. Very powerful memorial poem. Thanks.

  3. pambrittain says:

    Wonderfully done, Irina. I’ve never seen a plant like this one.

    • irinadim says:

      Thank you so much, Pam. The golden wattle is Australia’s national emblem. There are about 1,000 different kinds of wattle and about the same number of different kinds of gum trees.

  4. lotenna says:

    I must first say the plant is beautiful and to me represents some kind of hope.
    indeed, love conquers all and must prevail over hate.
    great job, I love this blog and I’m now following…

  5. Aquileana says:

    Such a touching and powerful tribute… the last stanza stands out!
    Thank you very much for sharing, dear Irina, Aquileana 😀

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