It is the community singing that does it for my Dad every time,
Every rugby and football match those anthems for the common man.
They capture heart and soul, and bridge dreams and memories
And he sings with them, they become one voice,
one song, one breath-taking moment
of shared understanding and surrender,
of solidarity, stoicism and strength.
His heart was broken
In that shared moment he saw it and claimed it.
His grief, his passion, his anger, his will to live
all in the community singing.
They sing for him.
Alison Jean Hankinson
This is for Poetics and the evening is being hosted by Paul Scribbles and the theme was community.
His heart was broken is a play on the words from The Proclaimers song Sunshine on Leith which is the anthem for Hibernian Football club. It has become one of my dad’s favourites even though he is a Turf Moor fan at heart.
Here is a link to a rendition of it: