Senator Durbin says "This is the Place" by English poet gives hope

Date: 
05/26/2017
AlbertSq

Albert Square in Manchester, England, Tony Walsh read his poem at a rally*

"This is the place," says a local English poet, Tony Walsh, in response to the recent tragic bombing in Manchester, England this last week.

DDurbin

Senator Durbin**

Walsh, whose pen name is Longfella, read his poem to the thousands who gathered in Albert Square in Manchester to honor the injured and fallen.

Likening Walsh's piece with Bruce Springsteen's tribute to New York and America in “My City of Ruins," which he wrote after America's 9/11 tragedy, Durban says,"He lifted us up out of grief and fear and hate. His words 'Come on, rise up' gave us hope.

"I hope you can find a few minutes to listen to Walsh's amazing tribute to the spirit of his hometown. It’s a reminder that even in our darkest hours the right words, the right music, the right leaders can help us summon the courage to press forward."

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Tony Walsh*

Walsh's poem is below and the video is here.

This is the place

In the north-west of England. It’s ace, it’s the best

And the songs that we sing from the stands, from our bands

Set the whole planet shaking.

Our inventions are legends. There’s nowt we can’t make, and so we make brilliant music

We make brilliant bands

We make goals that make souls leap from seats in the stands

And we make things from steel

And we make things from cotton

And we make people laugh, take the mick summat rotten

And we make you at home

And we make you feel welcome and we make summat happen

And we can’t seem to help it

And if you’re looking from history, then yes we’ve a wealth

But the Manchester way is to make it yourself.

And make us a record, a new number one

And make us a brew while you’re up, love, go on

And make us feel proud that you’re winning the league

And make us sing louder and make us believe that this is the place that has helped shape the world

And this is the place where a Manchester girl named Emmeline Pankhurst from the streets of Moss Side led a suffragette city with sisterhood pride

And this is the place with appliance of science, we’re on it, atomic, we struck with defiance, and in the face of a challenge, we always stand tall, Mancunians, in union, delivered it all

Such as housing and libraries and health, education and unions and co-ops and first railway stations

So we’re sorry, bear with us, we invented commuters. But we hope you forgive us, we invented computers.

And this is the place Henry Royce strolled with rolls, and we’ve rocked and we’ve rolled with our own northern soul

And so this is the place to do business then dance, where go-getters and goal-setters know they’ve a chance

And this is the place where we first played as kids. And me mum, lived and died here, she loved it, she did.

And this is the place where our folks came to work, where they struggled in puddles, they hurt in the dirt and they built us a city, they built us these towns and they coughed on the cobbles to the deafening sound to the steaming machines and the screaming of slaves, they were scheming for greatness, they dreamed to their graves.

And they left us a spirit. They left us a vibe. That Mancunian way to survive and to thrive and to work and to build, to connect, and create and Greater Manchester’s greatness is keeping it great.

And so this is the place now with kids of our own. Some are born here, some drawn here, but we all call it home.

And they’ve covered the cobbles, but they’ll never defeat, all the dreamers and schemers who still teem through these streets.

Because this is a place that has been through some hard times: oppressions, recessions, depressions, and dark times.

But we keep fighting back with Greater Manchester spirit. Northern grit, Northern wit, and Greater Manchester’s lyrics.

And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity.

Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, Mancunians forever

Because this is the place in our hearts and our homes

Because this is the place that is part of our bones

Because Manchester gives us such strength from the fact that this is the place, we should give something back.

Always remember, never forget, forever Manchester.


Photos sources: *Manchester Evening News **Elaine Coorens

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