Top news today on the TV
Not current affairs or sport I see
But sharp recall of Martin Place
Where Sydneysiders had to face
In the bustling centre’s Lindt café
A lone gunman who destroyed their day
Taken hostage: twenty-two
With frightened faces in full view.
Police were soon upon the scene
Uncertain how to act between
As in the front line it was hard
To catch the gunman off his guard.
Two office workers did break free
A moment captured on TV
Australia held its breath and waited:
What should be done – hotly debated.
Action stations late at night
The gunman swiftly shot on sight
Alas - two others also died
Hence the flowers today piled just outside…
(c) Poet in the woods 2015
Hostage situation: 14-15 December 2014