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 Ukraine

lines on maps redrawn
bodies buried as they fall
life's fragility

~

n.b. Does it matter where you are lain once slain if borders are marked out in your blood?

CLP 06/11/2022

on conversation

people of Tigray
armies have reached conclusion
is this time to talk

~

n.b. Inexhaustible supplies of weaponry eventually wear down opposition to negotiation. How long has this been going on?

CLP 04/11/2022

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 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

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 time

all we have passes
what is it we really need?
used, used to, once had

~

CLP 23/10/2022

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

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