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Poem: A Request (if it should happen to me)

Spøgelsescykel (Ghost Bike) © Villy Fink Isaksen, CC-BY-SA-3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Spøgelsescykel (Ghost Bike)
Photo: © Villy Fink Isaksen

Following the tragic deaths of many people who chose to ride a bicycle in November 2013 – especially in London – and not forgetting the many people who were walking that also were killed, a poem of remembrance by Ellen Saffrey (reprinted with permission):

A Request

If it should happen to me
Ride to the place and scream.

Howl with the rage that I cannot,
shriek the laughter that’s been stopped,

cry out my ecstasies, no longer shared,
squall for the children that I won’t bear,

squeal the very efforts of my birth,
to make them hear what I was worth.

But don’t keep silence, don’t be quick.
Stay. Be in the way, and scream.

Scream into the space that’s left.

— Ellen Saffrey

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