Watching Alan Cumming in his charming wee travel series, Urban Secrets, I learned about Postman’s Park
Postman’s Park is a quiet little park in St Martin’s le Grand, off Aldersgate Street in the EC1 district. In 1900, philanthropist and painter GF Watts created a memorial to the heroic efforts of unsung, everyday people who had lost their lives helping others.
Reading the beautifully designed Doulton china tablets is a humbling experience. With everything we hear of the nastier side of human nature, here is a litany of courage, care and sacrifice that makes up the other side of that coin.
Being a writer, I’m predisposed to rifling through life to find inspiring elements for my stories. That habit of burrowing through real things to tell stories is not necessarily a pretty trait among writers, but most of us do try to use those proclivities and the gems they unearth to tell new stories about being human. We borrow from life to shine a new light on life.
So, with the greatest respect for those brave (and maybe scared, and maybe frantic, and maybe too desperate to help the innocent or the loved or the helpless to think of themselves) souls of everyday courage and care, the Postman’s Park has burrowed its way into my writer’s brain.
I like to think that in another universe, where the minstrels of the line that leads to Kitty and Cadaver lived, there is a little patch of that garden where today’s band leaves a song and takes inspiration from their comrades who have fallen in service of humanity.
Because in stories as in life, there should always be someone to sing for the unsung heroes.
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