on Iran

let's face up to facts
immorality police kill
Jin. Jiyan. Azadi.

~

n.b. Women of Iran unmasking them, is what the men of the brutal theocracy fear most.

CLP 10/11/2022

on Ukraine

step lightly returning
sons of Russia sleep next
people of Kherson

~

n.b. What a criminal waste of human life. 260 days of war, for what, Moscow?

CLP 10/11/2022

on Iran

young people have lost
fear of authority's fist
new freedom riders

~

n.b. During my recent travels in the US I saw a statue of a woman sitting calmly. I saw the image repeatedly: in the Capitol in Washington DC; in Memphis TN; in Birmingham AL.

The woman was Rosa Parks. Her determined protest, to sit where she wanted to on a bus, regardless of the state law at that time that segregated people by skin coloration, fired up people tired of being oppressed, tired of being downtrodden. Her sitting down was a signal to others to stand up to inhuman authority.

In Iran, the people most oppressed by the theocracy, women, particularly young women, are tired of giving in too.

CLP 03/11/2022

on love

speak not of absence
what is it that you value
flowering rosebuds

~

CLP 02/11/2022

on fear

why not come along
face life's dangers together
not you, nor I. Us.

~

CLP 31/10/2022

on Ukraine

is it beyond them
can peace come from up on high?
powerless people

~

n.b. Look at who is suffering. What have they done to deserve this?

Bombing civilians, destroying infrastructure of Kyiv, what strength you demonstrate, Moscow! What a man!

CLP 31/10/2022

on Iran

immorality
police shoot into protest crowds
Woman! Life! Freedom!

~

n.b. Forty days of mourning for Mahsa Amini has become a rolling wave of grief as other innocent school children (girls and boys alike) have been murdered by the authorities, with others who have committed the capital crime of calling out the repression of a brutal theocracy.

CLP 27/10/2022

on time

grandson stands, twists tongue
attempts clicking of fingers
softness of digits

~

CLP 26/10/2022

on time

more shooting in school
St. Louis gathers more ghosts
soulless at its heart

~

n.b. It was just four weeks ago I walked past Central Visual & Performing Arts High School on Arsenal Street. It was a beautiful, sunny morning.

Pass any school in the USA and it sets one thinking about intruder prevention, safety drills, panic rooms, mitigation procedures and emergency responders.

I am not sure whether to be grateful that so few were killed, or horrified at how these events occur so frequently.

Rest in peace Jean Kuczka and your teenage student.

CLP 25/10/2022

on Ukraine

a second phone call
two-hundred forty-one days
while Ukraine's burning

~

n.b. Defence Secretaries of USA and the invaders just warming to each other? Some marriages have been planned, wedded and divorced in shorter periods. Will they both swipe right?

CLP 22/10/22