Poem for Stephen
in memory of Stephen Lawrence
What you left for us
when you were overtaken by darkness
were shards of light —
not so much the rays
of a setting sun igniting an evening sky
and then fading
as myriad splinters
caught in the remnants of a shattered mirror
along with broken reflections of ourselves.
David Adès is an Australian poet currently living in Pittsburgh. He has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979. His collection Mapping the World was commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008. His poems have appeared widely in Australian and more recently American journals and literary magazines. He was a volunteer editor of the Australian Poetry Members Anthology Metabolism. Poems have recently been published or are forthcoming in 5 AM, Blue Pepper, Boston Literary Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Four and Twenty Poetry Journal, Illya's Honey, InDaily, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Poetica, Red River Review, Social Alternatives, Spiritus, Studio, The Fourth River and Tincture.