Madonna holding the hand of the infant Jesus
close-up of part of statue at St Pat's, Palmerston North
Today we fell silent for two minutes
to think about the dead, and those who survived,
in the Christchurch earthquake exactly a week ago.
At the school I was at, everyone stood silent
in front of the flag at half-mast
from the smallest five year old up.
Two minutes silence
offered quietly by all.