The Unilever Series: Dominique Gonzales Foerster - TH.2058


Londinium Requiem

By Jacqueline Danziger-Russell

The snow fell
But who was there to say
Anything about it; anything at all

A rook cackled, inspected the ground, hoping

The snow fell softly on Bone Hill
And all was quiet; silent

No one there to tell

O, Jerusalem
Your green and pleasant land now gone

Covered by stone
Relegated to dark, green garden corners
Covered by mud and a drift of white

All that was once is now obscured
White as a dove’s wing and feather soft

A whiteness, a blankness, a pall
To bury our treasure and our triumph

It came

No one to tell
No one knew
Indiscriminately, indifferently

A whiteness, a blankness, a truth
Breaking up the harshness of our earthly structures

It fell

No experience could have halted us
Nor innocence move us

So it falls
On London.

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9 Responses to “Londinium Requiem”
  1. Kate Says:

    Beautiful piece

  2. Breezy Riggs Says:

    I adore Jacqueline’s work, she’s a beautiful writer with a gift for vivid imagery… I expect we’ll continue to see great things from her in the future!

  3. Jim Says:

    Nature has given up trying to wash humanity away with incessant rain, and instead tries her best to cover the blight of concrete and steel with a heavy snow. This piece is timeless, and will still be relevant in 2058. Kudos.

  4. Terry Bizarro Says:

    Beautiful Jackie! I agree…you have a way of really capturing and creating a beautiful mental picture and landscape. I love it!

  5. sarah Says:

    That was gorgeous….i dont know what to say except I absolutley loved it Jackie!

  6. lorna jones Says:

    so moving jackie, written from the heart and experience , you always manage to amaze . x

  7. Jacqueline Danziger-Russell Says:

    Thanks, everyone!


  8. kynth Says:

    How long until there is no green left, just a dead , grey concrete sourland stretching from Dover to Jura? Only nature can stop man’s insanity.

  9. Jacqueline Danziger-Russell Says:

    We need to re-examine how we live and act now. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.