on Ukraine

come gather round you
sons of Russia enrich soil
who don't understand?

~

n.b. It is reported in the NY Times that Russian military losses are in excess of 200,000, not counting the captured. That land must hold a lot of value to Moscow if it is happy to spread so much blood and bone.

CLP 03/02/2023

on Ukraine

frost hard ground broken
another soldier laid down
days filled with darkness

~

n.b. Is anyone out there still counting? Does any of this still count?

CLP 30/01/2023

on time

paramedics wait up
patients in car parks for hours
our chronic decline

~

n.b. All very well spending £ billions of the public‘s taxed money on an aircraft carrier which broke on sea trials, PPE that was useless and never used, bureaucracy to leave the EU, (our biggest trading partner), but nothing invested in hospitals for those very taxpayers.

Meanwhile, tax dodging (avoidance and evasion) of the highest order persists by those actually in the highest executive positions of power.

Tax the richest harder. No such thing as trickle down economics, as the rich get richer and the gap widens between the excess of haves and the poverty of have nots.

The UK is a shambolic mess. How not to run a country.

Enough is enough.

~

CLP 28/01/2023

on time

wear your long black coat
pockets stuffed with memories
for who do you weep?

~

CLP 25/01/2023

on time

solitary oak
too big to fail, abandoned
child of the forest

~

CLP 22/01/2023

on time

yesterday won't change
Alt + Ctrl + Delete
how slow the screen fades

~

CLP 16/01/2023

on time

different but the same
morning light yet to arrive
ready to depart

~

CLP 15/01/2023

on time

what is in your hand?
let the cards fall where they may
Stick or Twist? You choose

~

n.b. Loneliness becomes an illness. Be with people. Turn up, turn up again, keep turning up.

CLP 13/01/2023

on pain

constant ache, dull pulse
somewhere deep inside, like rain
broken connection

~

CLP 11/01/2023

on Ukraine

private enterprise
providing bodies for cause
who does this profit?

~

n.b. As has been seen in Eritrea and Somalia, the persistence of a war, the subsequent escalation of arms supplies to a region, leads to local groups establishing their own power bases, baronial lands. In Ukraine’s Soledar, the Wagner group is cutting out a piece of territory for itself, one that has been smashed beyond recognition above ground.

Why is this pointless slaughter, using the ultimate sacrifice of those who are in effect employees, being pursued for land that is rapidly becoming uninhabitable? Some say for what lies beneath, mineral wealth, for private expropriation.

It is also suggested that up to 25% of the military forces assaulting Ukraine are now comprised of mercenaries. This makes the war increasingly a commercial enterprise, one of the people of Ukraine versus capital.

Furthermore, for all the alleged negative impacts of the war on other national economies, those making the weaponry are cashing in big time. This is not just Iran and North Korea selling arms to Moscow, but every business selling its products to help Ukraine defend itself. Patriot weapons systems are bought from the profit oriented manufacturers, not just given away by the USA government from a magic vault.

The balance sheet of this war is far from simple.

Recommended further listening:

Masters of War by Bob Dylan.

~

CLP 11/01/2023