on Ukraine

human rights abused
no excuse, so who's for war?
hands up everyone!

~

n.b. Referenda being used by occupying forces to skim over, or gloss up the rationale for creating a war.

CLP 27/09/2022

on time

putting a face on
can't hide what happens beneath
St. Louis' broken heart

~

n.b. In a city with many elegantly carved superstructures that are all boarded up, this building in the city centre has been cleverly painted to look as if it has a facade carved from stone. It is merely make up that is beginning to flake off. It is initially impressive, but like The Arch, it’s just a hollow sham.

CLP 27/09/2022

on cash

I'll buy you a meal
but I won't just give money
you said you're hungry

~

n.b. Talk me through that again. Hungry means ‘food’ right?

A young man, in a desperate condition, scarred, nervous, tired and dirty asked for a dollar for food. I said I’d get him some food, (we were stood outside a hamburger joint). I checked what he fancied, but when I came out there was no sign of him.

A middle-aged woman leaning on a walking cane, asked me for help getting some food. I explained the situation and she was grateful for the meal and drink I had carried out for the boy, who called himself William.

CLP 26/09/2022

on time

these leaves do not wait
the season is all year round
for young men falling

~

CLP 25/09/2022

on Ukraine

they still have enough
cowards to push the buttons
heroes would refuse

~

n.b. Resistance to conscription in Russia is an act of great courage. For Russians facing the press gang, “Do you have a plan? Run; Hide; Fight,”

Which is what public notices in US railway stations advise in case an act of domestic terrorism develops where the public gather. I understand that this is advice in other public buildings too, particularly schools.

Of course, the press gang was once how the British Royal Navy recruited when a ship was low on matelots. Able bodied boys and men were simply dragged off the streets of the island’s ports “to serve” the King and country.

Ukraine’s war of independence is now being fought on two sides of the border. It is a Vietnam, with Russian domestic resistance to an unjust war being as critical to the outcome as draft card burning youths were in the early 1970s, when flowers were bravely placed in gun barrels. Resistance is not futile.

CLP 25/09/2022

on light

despite so much light
no one can see everything
there are dark corners

~

n.b. To describe Chicago as complex would be a good starting point. A stunning construction. A place that seems to strive to improve. My kind of town.

on Ukraine

enough mothers know
Russian blood runs down drains too
puddles form on clay

~

n.b. There are reports that queues to leave Russia to escape conscription to the diminishing army are stretching for miles at border posts.

CLP 23/09/2022

on time

late-night traffic halts
blues on red, no one around
still, they sit and wait

~

n.b. Chicago police are recruiting. The bus company is recruiting. Most bars, restaurants, shops seem to be recruiting. Trucking companies are recruiting. Everyone is recruiting.

In the UK, it seems the over-50s, who have cleared off mortgages, been well-paid enough to save money and found a way to step out of the workplace, the meaningless drudge of commuting, the long hours present at a work station, (missing daylight, weather, loved ones), are to blame for the lack of workers (NOT the million, or so, young Europeans who went back to Europe after Brexit?). As a consequence, the government is going to try to make it harder for the low-paid, low-wage, home-renters to leave the workplace.

If that’s the UK problem, what’s happening in the USA?

CLP 23/09/2022

on Ukraine

nuclear assault?
how might Pravda report it?
obliteration

~

n.b. It is said that Russian protests against the war have begun in several town. Putin mobilising 300,000 more troops. Russians considering how to avoid being called up.

Putin’s Vietnam.

CLP 21/09/2022

CLP

on time

same old song re-sung
gigging round the USA
nostalgia for some

~

n.b. Supper club swan song, the songs sung over supper. Some punters went along yesterday too. Calling up the past, second childhood, or trying to bury the present? One bloke with a mullet got up to dance to one familiar tune, but sat down when he realised there were people behind him, (he wasn’t tall enough to be in the way, but I enjoyed his passing punk attitude, while it lasted).

CLP 21/09/2022