daylight robbery

this is ours
the canvas that fills with cumuli
where delicate cirrus decorates our moon
where Sun drags its heat from dawn to dusk
the venue of Venus, the field for Mars
where Saturn plays perpetual hula hoop
dance floor of Jupiter and its spinning jewels
backdrop for all our stars
this is our space you build in
concreting our view
damping our days
darkening our nights
boxing the light
constricting our breath
into narrow alleyways
you, who have enclosed our commons
now prepare to steal our sky

~

n.b. Time to draw a line to protect our light. Walls are being built on river banks and coasts for the few who are buying up our common views, breathing space and sense of space.

Norwich is being slowly smothered by these concrete and glass blocks. The Wensum is being enclosed.

Watching the building foundations being sunk is fascinating until you realise how deep the piles go and then the horror takes over; the sky is being taken from us.

~

CLP 15/10/2021

Last Minute Winner

a shot smashed in goal
release of all frustrated
tribal emotions

~

CLP 11/09/2021

Oh! Mothers

it is said childbirth
is the most painful of pains
but not after this

~

n.b. Sons, brothers, uncles, lovers, husbands, fathers, friends. Young men, rest in peace.

CLP 29/08/2021

Oh! Taliban / I.S.

'tis the devil's work
using human bombs to kill
perversion of faith

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never-ending series

CLP 26/08/2021

L-plates iii

i will not forget
to keep checking the mirrors
overtaking past

~
 

CLP 23/08/2021

Oh, UN!

no security

relief nor reconstruction

neat press release though

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

Oh, Surprise!

in aching mountains

wait gold, copper, lithium

wealth beyond belief

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

n.n.b. Can religious zealotry ever resist mammon? Follow the link to the yellow brick road.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/18/business/afghanistan-lithium-rare-earths-mining/index.html

Oh, UAE!

how can you be both

state where free thinkers fear gaol

Ghani’s safe haven

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

~

CLP 19/08/2021

Oh! Panjshir

deep in Hindu Kush

lone pocket of resistance

with hope in your hearts

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 19/08/2021

Oh, Iran!

victim of empires

how can you provide succour

when you’re without love

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 18/08/2021