on time

somehow we'll find words
spoken or written to say
what has been hidden

~

n.b. It just takes time to get the language right. Non?

CLP 10/11/2022

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 time

a moment enough
clues, questions, sufficient
to go look for more

~

n.b. A queue, half a conversation.

CLP 29/10/2022

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

wait long as you like
water never runs up hill
best to go with flow

~

CLP 25/10/2022

on Ukraine

no news from Kherson
means no news of any hue
blackout to blackhole

~

CLP 20/10/2022

on time

if this is home
what am I doing about it?
home for good or move

~

n.b. Home is not the house, but the location.

CLP 15/10/2022

on Ukraine

evacuate call
cruel deceit of remaining
victims who'll be blamed

~

n.b. A call to Moscow to help evacuate Donbas as Ukraine’s army advances, means the area will only be lived in by people who wanted to stay in their homes, but they risk being called Ukrainian patriots and therefore “enemy” to the recently retreated occupiers. Victim blaming being set up, like an idiot’s chess move.

on Ukraine

original sin
reimagined in slaughter
fear of losing face

~

n.b. Somehow the self-importance of one man perpetuates the maiming and murder of civilians, deaths of combatants from both sides and the pointless destruction of villages, towns and cities.

CLP 11/10/2022

on Ukraine

Opening paragraph from ‘The Measure of a Man” by Martin Luther King Jr. (1959) Published by Fortress Press, Minneapolis.
ask "What was it for?"
"We are liberating land
without people on..."

~

n.b. The first quoted line, reported in The Guardian in the UK, are words of a citizen of a town liberated from the retreating invaders.

The second, (same source), from a Ukrainian soldier making his way through the ghost towns of the temporarily, but deeply scarred territory, briefly held by the occupying force.

The attempted annexation of Ukraine has again demonstrated the empty rhetoric of nationalism, the pointless slaughter of innocents and vile destruction of homes.

Are we not all African, brothers and sisters?

~

CLP 05/10/2022