John Lennon: 8 December 1980

by Kelvin Smith

I’m in the shower then and hear
Someone’s shot John Lennon dead.
I ask, as a New Yorker might, ‘you sure?’
‘Yes. That’s what they said.’

In Central Park a few days later, as they played
Imagine and I saw a generation stare
Into its own eyes, we were like a calm and stoic Easter Parade,
Proud of each other but beginning to despair.