Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ivan Cameron

Oh little body, do not die.
The soul looks out through wide blue eyes
So questioningly into mine,
That my tormented soul replies
"Oh little body, do not die
You hold the soul that talks to me,
Although our conversation be
As wordless as the windy sky."


I'm by no means the guy's number one fan, but you wouldn't wish the loss of a child on anyone. I was surprised how choked I was by the news that the Camerons had lost their son Ivan. Got home tonight and found that Susan had been in tears when she heard.

May Ivan rest in peace, and may his parents and siblings be able to say of him "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you".

8 comments:

Hugh Oxford said...

Sad that Mr Cameron has had nothing to say about discrimination against disabled people that allows them to be killed up until the moment of birth.

staybryte said...

Michael White wrote a frankly bizarre piece on his Grauniad blog today before the poor child was cold.

I quietly suggested they close comments and shut up. 50 recommends so far.

staybryte said...

Laban where is the poem from?

Foxy Brown said...

Some things are above politics, Michael White should be horsewhipped.

Laban said...

John Betjeman's "A Child Ill" which I blogged here.

Oh little body, do not die.
The soul looks out through wide blue eyes
So questioningly into mine,
That my tormented soul replies
"Oh little body, do not die
You hold the soul that talks to me,
Although our conversation be
As wordless as the windy sky."

So looked my father at the last,
Right in my soul before he died,
Though words we spoke went heedless past
As London traffic-roar outside.
And now the same blue eyes I see
Look through me from a little son,
So questioningly, so searchingly
That youthfulness and age are one.

My father looked at me and died
Before my soul made full reply.
Lord, leave this other light alight
Oh little body, do not die.

staybryte said...

Thank you Laban.

Homophobic Horse said...

"Got home tonight and found that Susan had been in tears when she heard."

Cameron has done everything he can do encourage that. He has cultivated it. He prostitutes profound and intimate emotions for the sake of politics.

Anonymous said...

A very appropriate comment by Matthew Parris here:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/matthew_parris/article5804590.ece