on Ukraine

swap of prisoners?
woman basketball player
your merchant of death

n.b. The USA finally picks up the phone to Russia. One can only ask, why has it taken the imprisonment of one US citizen to finally provoke direct contact between foreign ministers of these two nations?

Do lives of individual Ukrainians have less worth? Surely, they are worth having a conversation about, given this is day 155?

CLP 28/07/2022

on space

sea, rivers, mountains
everyone needs boundaries
we bleed over borders

~

CLP 27/07/2022

on time

couldn't leave you nor
take you home, so I left you
standing on pavement

~

n.b. Sometimes Life is too short.

p.s. The bottle was just there this morning, honest!

CLP 27/07/2022

on time

eventually
I decided to return
where sea greets chalk downs

~

CLP 24/07/2022

on Ukraine

no children were harmed
in destruction of their school
had they learnt enough?

~

n.b. Was anyone paying attention to the children of Chechnya, or Syria when they raised their hands?

CLP 23/07/2022

on Ukraine

waiting at bus-stop
we've all been there, filling time
quietly musing

~

n.b. A thirteen year old boy was killed in a missile strike while waiting for a bus. His father came to hold his pulseless hand. Moscow states peace talks “make no sense.” (And this does?)

CLP 20/07/2022

on Ukraine

consider profits
manufacturers' heaven
economic boom

~

n.b. Does the UK government truly want to support the Ukrainian people, or does it see ‘leading the West’ as an instant way to boost the post-covid, post-Brexit economy?

The promised £1 billion of support goes not to Kyiv, but to arms factories in UK. Ukraine gets the weapons, fights the fight, continues to bury its children, (as do Russia’s mothers).

Is this why there is no talk of talks from the besieged of Downing Street?

Russia must be stopped, but who seeks an end to the slaughter? Does this proxy war have to be fought until the last Ukrainian?

Or must this war become a direct confrontation, risking mutual mass destruction, for it to be halted?

The Cuban missile crisis and the Berlin airlift took that risk. Just arming Ukraine prolongs the agony, puts off the inevitable moment, when Russian soldiers stand face-to-face with NATO soldiers, either in Ukraine, or at its border.

When will someone stand up to the bully? Why is the child being repeatedly told, stand up for yourself, we’ll hold your coat? Martyrs of Hungary and Czechoslovakia know how this turns out.

Is Russia’s alleged poor weaponry, still too great a match for suit-wearing, vote-needy politicians? Politicians who see money in war and hope for votes from money?

Day 141, the start of week 21. Ker-ching! Can you hear the cash register?

CLP 16/07/2022

on time

i so drunk when asked
waking thinking was that dream
we need to dial back

~

n.b. Overheard, somewhere in town.

CLP 14/07/2022

on time

what glue holds us all
we move perpetually
will we rest in space

~

CLP 14/07/2022

on time

nigh two years have passed
we're increasingly distant
universe expands

~

CLP 13/07/2022