on democracy

no race to the post
half a crown can still be bought
if not a kingdom

~

n.b. At what point does a democracy become a chumocracy? Donations from the uber-wealthy buy access to Downing Street. This is no clowning matter; the UK is run by gangsters. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QQGxNIyks6s

on Orion

as our axis tilts
winter encroaches upon us
tightening of belts

~

n.b. Plague Island; taxing the many, openly corrupt, out in the cold.

~

CLP 04/11/2021

on the wheel

changes of colour
cannot disguise reality
working a treadmill

~

CLP 29/10/2021

on Switzerland iv

meet ten people
two work anti-corruption
mountains of money

~

n.b. Catherine Belton’s book “Putin’s People” mentions Switzerland (and London) frequently. She and the publishers are subject to a number of libel suits in London at present. We’ll see how that pans out.

CLP 27/09/2021

On Work i

what do we call it
when forty plus hours isn't
enough to pay rent?

~

CLP 28/08/2021

Oh, UN!

no security

relief nor reconstruction

neat press release though

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

Oh, Surprise!

in aching mountains

wait gold, copper, lithium

wealth beyond belief

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

n.n.b. Can religious zealotry ever resist mammon? Follow the link to the yellow brick road.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/18/business/afghanistan-lithium-rare-earths-mining/index.html

Oh, UAE!

how can you be both

state where free thinkers fear gaol

Ghani’s safe haven

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

~

CLP 19/08/2021

Oh! Panjshir

deep in Hindu Kush

lone pocket of resistance

with hope in your hearts

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 19/08/2021

Oh, Iran!

victim of empires

how can you provide succour

when you’re without love

~

n.b. pain old as mountains never ending series.

CLP 18/08/2021