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Hollande comforts Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux at the solidarity march. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

The millions came

with tears in their eyes

For policemen, brothers

For sisters and lovers

They marched together with peace on their minds

Islam is peace

الإسلام هو السلام

Christianity is peace

שָׁלוֹם

Pens and pencils my challenge thoughts but bullets will never kill them

The millions came

The millions came

Je suis Charlie

What else could they do but celebrate accord

With grief in their hearts they still found love

Copyright John de Gruyther 2015

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