It's not the flame that counts...It's the fire in our hearts

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We waited hours for the torch to pass;

Helicopters hovered,

BMW bikes rolled platoons of police (all high fiving)

Past our aching feet

And flagging flags.

Spirits slowly sank,

Euphoria evaporating under the scouring sun.


Then the Murmur approached.

Life returned to our lifeless limbs

As acrobats cartwheeled along the white-lined tarmac;

A whole caravanserie upgraded from pachyderms to pantechnicons

With technicoloured logos and technocoloured sound systems.


There it was!


There HE was!

 Ben Parkinson, soldier hero

Face beaming

sinews screaming as he stepped,

Pace by pace,

Painstakingly, into view.

Torch held high,

Pride even higher.

And my heart cried.


Yvonne Brunton

June 2012

Ben Parkinson of Doncaster took nearly 25 minutes to walk his 300 metres of the torch relay despite doctors having said he would never walk again after his war injuries.

A heartbreaking inspiration!


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M.C. Newberry

Thu 26th Jul 2012 11:22

I add my own appreciation of the words and its

<Deleted User> (6895)

Thu 26th Jul 2012 10:00

We totally agree with you
re the footnotes Yvonne,
and between ourselves,that this is
a brilliantly titled
and wonderfully written dedication
to a heck of a guy.xx

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