on Ukraine

somewhere someone sits
game controller at ready
distant drones despatched


n.b. Hey, Moscow! Why sacrifice the blood of your sons when you can just murder people in their beds in Kyiv remotely?

How low can a human being go?

CLP 17/10/2022

on time

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


CLP 25/09/2022

on truth

somewhere, four bodies
darkness cast from Global New Light
anger of loved ones


n.b. Myanmar, a chaotic country, in which the military junta are writing their version of history in blood.

News reported today states, four campaigners for democratic government have been executed after being charged with conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.

The Global New Light of Myanmar is a distributor of news published by that government’s Ministry of Information.

It would be trite to discuss the freedom fighter versus terrorist dichotomy here. Body bags need labels. The families of the dead just want the bodies of their loved ones.

CLP 25/07/2022

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.



Malta (for Daphne)

Sliema, concretion of clubs and bars

Narrow streets fleshed out by sweaty parties

Below thrown up towers that block out stars

They’re built on money from financial smarties,

Dodgy investors in this arid rock.

Roof-top infinity pools, (shallow draws

by comparison to the town beach), mock

The Mediterranean tide’s see-saws.


Across the bay in Valetta’s warm heart

Daphne’s candle-lit shrine is burning bright

To remind all of us that the dreadful hurt

Must be dug up, be brought into day’s light

So this island is no more corruptly run

By dirty money and law of the gun.


n.b. The fight for justice for Daphne continues this week with the police questioning of the former Prime Minister.

(Post and link corrected 23rd August, 2020)


CLP  22/08/2020