on Iran

ball bounces around
all eyes on the football match
we hear your silence

~

n.b. Footballers refuse to sing the anthem of the theocracy. A banner in the stadium, ‘WOMEN LIFE FREEDOM‘.

CLP 21/11/2022

on time

you'd think it's Sunday
traffic absent, birdsong clear
Ingerland kick off

~

n.b. I was rudely interrupted by the heavy fall of silence. An international football game was about to start, so nearly everything else stopped.

CLP 21/11/2022

on Iran

in the name of god
armed men chase, beat, punch and kill
defiant children

p.s. The Guardian of London reports that 58 protesting children, some as young as eight years, have been killed by the ‘Morality Police’ and their cadres, in the current freedom rallies.

One thing all children hold dear, is a sense of fairness. Any teacher of any year group, will confirm this to you. The children of Iran are no different.

Women. Life. Freedom.

~

CLP 20/11/2022

on time

yesterday confused
old faces with new stories
colours of autumn

~

CLP 19/11/2022

on school

economics class
private education ends
fees don't cover costs

~

n.b. St John’s RC College, Southsea, “Permanently closed“. So much for educating the boys of the Portsmouth diocese.

Buildings established to ensure one group of children got a decent education in a densely populated port, now vacant, after it went private and educated fee-payers’ children from around the world.

Meanwhile, the need for school buildings and sports facilities in the city remains high, but these falling into disrepair.

CLP 18/11/2022

on Iran

beat, kick, murder children
what your godliness demands?
Woman! Life! Freedom!

~

n.b. What is there to lose when people have nothing to lose?

Do you think the mothers of the missing fell silent in Argentina? Police men of Iran, your time will pass.

CLP 17/11/2022

on Ukraine

borders mean nothing
tending the earth, tilling soil
accidental deaths

~

n.b. Two killed driving a tractor, technically in another country, Poland, same war.

CLP 16/11/2022

on Ukraine

where's every body?
Kherson now counting war's cost
unaccountable

~

n.b. After breathing out, welcoming embraces, the missing are still missing. Moscow, the world turns it back on you. Even China and India realise you are going nowhere.

CLP 15/11/2022

Dream

no fleeting moment
we spoke at length of things passed
your visit prolonged

~

CLP 14/11/2022

on Ukraine

after days and nights
dreaming of release from fear
Kherson wreathed in smiles

~

n.b. Could this the beginning of the end?

CLP 14/11/2022