Saturday, 13 August 2011
Britain has been no country and a sad country this week for three men who, in turn, lost their shop, their son and a their life
Maurice Reeves, 80 years old, lost is business in Croydon on Monday night.
Tariq Jahan. 45 years old, lost his son in Birmingham on Wednesday night.
Richard Mannington-Bowes, 68 years old died from his injuries on Thursday night after being attacked in Ealing.
I am reminded of the words of the poet John Donne who wrote 'Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions' in 1624 :
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
A little bit of all of us in Britain died this week.