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POETRY
written by Martin Stepek



Candle in the Barbed Wire

(for Amnesty International, inspired by the voice of Kate Bush on Peter Gabriel’s Don’t Give Up)

In the pitch black
Amidst failure
A bleak desert
My own state of mind


When no-one wants you…


Don’t give up
For there is a flame
In the barbed wire


Though I thought this
Only happened to others
The night came and I drowned

In a swirling sea of pain


When no-one wants you…


Don’t give up
For there is light
In the barbed wire


Trying to settle
I remember my lovely children
Cannot reach and touch them
In this wall of walls


When no-one wants you…


Don’t give up
For there is a candle

In the barbed wire.


When Janina fell
For the first time
Ill and weak
Mother Mary please


When no-one wants you…


Don’t give up
For there is hope
In the barbed wire


When my father held

His head in his bleeding hands
His younger sisters with him

In this gnawing gulag


When no-one wants you…


Don’t give up
For there is a precious candle
That shines like God in this barbed wire.




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