on Time

Shanghai
BLM, Ukraine
women of Iran, China
...refuse to be slaves

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n.b. The national anthem of The People’s Republic of China contains the line;

“Rise up those who refuse to be slaves”

Being brought up in England, where the national anthem, unusually, is about a person, not the nation, I have not had much time for national anthems, but the anthem of the PRC, as reported in The Guardian newspaper, has a line that I would happily sing.

It appears that the people of China have taken the words to heart. After nearly THREE YEARS of the Zero Covid policy some have had enough.

“…you may fool people for a time, you can fool part of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”

Abraham Lincoln said that.

Enough is enough.

CLP 28/11/2022

on Ukraine

heavy rain persists
uninhabitable land
a name on a map

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n.b. Kherson. Is that all?

CLP 27/11/2022

on time

then it's yesterday
chronology fractured clips
sense of order smeared

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CLP 27/11/2022

on time

do you know how long
it takes until your scent fades
the taste of you dulls?

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CLP 27/11/2022

on time

here, we see Sunday
who stole Friday, Saturday?
today a fresh sheet

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n.b. Days merge, nights blur, feverish hours melt.

CLP 27/11/2022

on time

bright colour leaves us
after vibrant unfurling
like leaves we tumble

on time

November quiet
between harvest and solstice
colour drains from sky

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n.b. Yep, one of those days.

CLP 24/11/2022

on USA

let's go shopping, dear
Walmart? have you got the list?
firearms and bullets

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n.b. Mass shooting follows mass shooting. In between times, individuals in their homes, or out on the streets, are relentlessly slaughtered day after day.

The land of the fearful.

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CLP 23/11/2022

on Ukraine

winter at window
breath clouds view, power unplugged
panes frosted over

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n.b. Shadows moving in the shadows. Scorched Earth becomes Frozen Earth. Moscow’s cruelty has no boundaries.

CLP 22/11/2022

on Ukraine

with all eyes elsewhere
its raining heavily here
winter bombardment

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n.b. The kind of rain that gets into and ruins everything; Moscow rain.

CLP 21/11/2021