SE1416 : Let There Be Peace

taken 5 years ago, near to Huddersfield, Kirklees, Great Britain

Let There Be Peace
Let There Be Peace
Poet Lemn Sissay MBE's work, 'Let there be peace', engraved on the University's Creative Arts Building
(SE1416 : Huddersfield University, Creative Arts Building).

The giant 40 feet high, 30 feet wide and 100 feet in the sky poem was unveiled in October 2014 (LinkExternal link Huddersfield Daily Examiner).


Let there be peace
So frowns fly away like albatross
And skeletons foxtrot from cupboards,
So war correspondents become travel show presenters
And magpies bring back lost property,
Children, engagement rings, broken things.

Let there be peace
So storms can go out to sea to be
Angry and return to calm,
So the broken can rise up and dance in the hospitals.
Let the Aged Ethiopian man in the grey block of flats
Peer through his window and see Addis before him,
So his thrilled outstretched arms become frames
For his dreams.

Let there be peace
Let tears evaporate to form clouds, cleanse themselves
And fall into reservoirs of drinking water.
Let harsh memories burst into fireworks that melt
In the dark pupils of a child’s eyes
And disappear like shoals of silver darting fish,
And let the waves reach the shore with a
Shhhhhhhhhhhhh shhhhhhhhhhhhhh shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Lemn Sissay MBE
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Date Taken
Monday, 5 January, 2015   (more nearby)
Thursday, 8 January, 2015
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WGS84: 53:38.6450N 1:46.6743W
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