If you leave me I shall not die,
Nor make grief a trumpet to shatter the sky.
I shall not ask for anything more
But to walk according to natural lore,
One foot behind the other before.
I shall wake at morning, sleep at night,
And tell unfailing black from white.
I shall use my brain to earn my bread,
Snarl when hungry, smile when fed.
I shall not die – I shall be dead.
The poem “To Shatter the Sky” is produced by kind permission of Bruce Barrymore Halpenny from his book. To Shatter the Sky – the poem gave the book its title – and was also used verbally in the BBC programme To Shatter the Sky by Bruce Barrymore Halpenny – Licence to Publish ANZIO/POEM-025/4-09.
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