Mark’s poem is part of a series of competition winners and runners up for HMD 2012, inspired by the theme Speak Up, Speak Out

I kept on walking as she threw a stone

For it was not thrown at me

I kept on walking past the man who groaned

As he was hit behind the knee

 

I kept on walking past the run-down homes

I had somewhere else to be

I kept on walking as I clutched my phone

And pretended not to see

 

I kept on walking as the words were thrown

Every insult, every plea

The wounds they inflicted were not my own

And nothing to do with me

 

I kept on walking when the rage had grown

’Til the bodies filled the streets

I kept on walking over skulls and bones

Ash and blood beneath my feet

 

I’ll keep on walking from the things I’ve known

But refused to really see

I’ll keep on walking but I’m not alone

You’re keeping step with me

 

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