Poem by John Saunders (UK)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 43
Even the Sun Came Out
We didn’t know the outcome.
One by one we placed our marks.
Even the sun came out.
Some messages were lies,
others inclined to frighten.
Most simply said, - yes.
People claimed it was about children
or the redefinition of families.
In the end it was a family matter;
brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers,
grandparents, all turned out to support.
This was an act of national love.
Every day marriages happen,
now, some more can begin.
John Saunders is a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group. His collections are After the Accident (Lapwing Press, 2010) and Chance (New Binary Press, 2013). One of three featured poets in Measuring, Dedalus New Writers, 2012, he was shortlisted in the 2012 inaugural Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition and is a 2014 Pushcart Nominee. John’s poems have appeared in journals in Ireland, the UK and America, on many online sites, and been included in The New Binary Press Anthology of Poetry, The Stony Thursday Book, The Scaldy Detail 2013, Conversations with a Christmas Bulb (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2013), The Poetry of Sex, (Penguin, 2014), Fatherhood Anthology (Emma Press UK, 2014), and The Fate of Berryman Anthology (Arlen House, 2014).
Image: "Pride" by Michael Ruiz.