David Subacchi


 The first time many heard of Mandela
 Was in Trafalgar Square - Free Mandela.

 Outside the South African Embassy
 A constant call to release Mandela.

 Day and night a well-used banner flying
 Sometimes only one to cry – Mandela.

 Other times crowds like angry waves threatened
 To sweep into the building – Mandela.

 And I David at first a spectator
 Joined in the chant - Free Nelson Mandela.


 O Freedom

 Richie Havens at Woodstock sang freedom
 A generation listened, O freedom.

 ‘Sometimes I feel like a motherless child’
 Fingers drumming on fretboard, O freedom.

 A sea of faces in all directions
 From warfare deliver us, O freedom.

 Imprinted in our minds for a lifetime
 The rhythm of resistance, O freedom.

 And I David a whole ocean away
 Raised both my arms high, freedom O freedom.



 The scraping of metal when locks open
 Groaning of hinges as barred gates open.

 Warders’ key chains sound like church bells pealing
 Thud of the heavy door not left open.

 Bolted noisily preventing return
 Release out into the fresh air open.

 Whispers and birdsong audible once more
 Exposed to freedom senses reopen.

 And I David one of today's number
 Rush forwards with unfettered arms open.



 Thirty eight years the path to retirement
 Years of little interest in retirement.

 Always celebrating an achievement
 Quick to dismiss all thoughts of retirement.

 Years of respect and co-operation
 Free of implied threats of forced retirement.

 Good service and loyalty provided
 No reason to rush into retirement.

 But I David scenting burning coffee
 Jumped at the chance of early retirement.


David Subacchi lives in Wales where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and he has 4 published collections of his English Language poetry First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016). His work has also appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.
You can find out more about David and his work at http://www.writeoutloud.net/profiles/davidsubacchi