Oh mercy besiege me 

All echos taunt me 

The light deceives me 


May mercy find me 

May she bless me 

Promise to reach me 


A tempest within me 

Anger I cannot see 

Oh guardian console me   


Darkness falls from me 

They have found me 

Call sign Mercy 

Tristan Barnard

BSc Wood & Wood Product Science,

Mercy is a short poem reflective of the idea that humans have the ability for great compassion and love and so will throw themselves into danger simply to save others. The title draws from the idea that in aviation an air ambulance receives the call sign prefix Mercy or Halo, perhaps I found the current times we live in and the bravery of healthcare workers as inspiration but I can also say that inspiration was drawn from war and medivacs (medical evacuations).

Illustration done by Neil Mellet

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