on Oregon

we wake to good news
death sentences commuted
sunlight breaks through cloud


n.b. More killing cannot lead to less killing.

Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, has used her executive power to turn all current death sentences in the state’s prisons to life sentences.

“Justise is not advanced by taking a life.” she believes. Amen to that.

CLP 14/12/2022

on time

the civil war was when
some people hoped all sorted
no money, no change


n.b. Shifts in society take generations. Chris Kaba’s family in London, UK, also spring to mind.

CLP 22/09/2022

on Ukraine

Pavel Filaytyev
soldier of Russia, can't see
justice in this war


n.b. Listen for the voices. As with Vietnam, protests from the occupying nation will help end this dread-filled war.

CLP 18/08/2022

On Numbers (45 and counting)

Mexico, Iran

Journalists murdered and hanged

For pictures and words


n.b. While in England we have skilled writers pedalling propaganda for the Brexit cause, in Mexico a journalist was shot down on the street near Jerez, after taking pictures of bodies of people murdered and left by a roadside.

In Iran a journalist alleged to have been using social media to encourage participation in the street protests against the theocracy of Iran in 2017 was executed this week.

Rullohah Zam, aged 47, was found guilty of “corruption on Earth”. Who could be so pure of spirit to qualify to pass a judgement on such a charge?

Jaime Castaño Zacarias was on his way to report on a local town hall meeting when he stopped to photograph the victims of a massacre. Thugs who run drug gangs in Mexico are thought to be responsible for all of the murders that prompted Jaime Castaño to stop and take photographs.

These two news staff are the latest to die as a result of their work. The numbers are tracked by the International Federation of Journalists.



In the (U)SA (xi)

Windows smashed open

Light flows in anger pours out

We all need to breathe


CLP 03/06/2020