on education

children of Texas
learn drills to escape shooters
law-makers profit
Mauripol children
learn Russian curriculum
teaching at gunpoint


n.b. In the USA the elephant in the classroom carries a gun because of a constitutional change way back in 1791. Surely it is time for a review of that blood-stained document?


In Ukraine the elephants are cancelling school holidays and forcing children to learn a new history, this time from a Russian perspective. This is according to Petro Andryushchenko, a city official of Mauripol, The Guardian news publisher in London reports.

CLP 27/05/2022

on Ukraine xxiv

children of Bilohorivka
taught to shelter under desks
went to school as children do
registered as children must
each morning and for every class
were among those registered again today
in the rubble, broken glass and dust


n.b. Sixty people sheltering in a school in the neighbourhood of Luhansk were killed on 7th May. Today, 8th May is Freedom Day across Europe, including Ukraine and Russia. I urge you to read President Zelinkskiy’s address that marks this anniversary.



CLP 08/05/2022

Collateral Damage

 what would

as we
we'd know
it's all

would we make up
where we 
could offer
necessary apologies
long overdue 
balance our
play music 
say one 
final I


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-eight prompt; Concrete poem. I have to admit to having had such thoughts lately. Day twenty-eight of NaPoWriMo 2022, but day Sixty Three in Ukraine.

CLP 28/04/2022

on Ukraine xxiii

reading a poem
are you a star dancer or
dreaming of dancing?


n.b. Thank you for reading my poem. We don’t know each other, but I wish you well.

CLP 11/04/2022

on luck (on Ukraine xxii)

cold rain and Covid
are we heating or eating?
anything else?


n.b. Escape your oppressors, come to the UK. You’ll be welcomed with warm hearts once you have passed HM Border Force with your visa.

CLP 30/03/2022

on time / on Ukraine xxi

cash our currency
while you pay in cold blood
too little too late?


n.b. We do what we can, but this is the only way we know how. Is it enough?

CLP 27/03/2022

on Ukraine xx

where is the exit?
each day fresh atrocity
everyday the same


CLP 20/03/2022

on time / on Ukraine xix

the truth hurts, it burns
eats at our souls if we lie
something more than words


n.b. The truth will out. For Marina Ovsyannikova this was the time to stand up and speak her truth.

CLP 15/03/2022

on Ukraine xviii

Norwich station Saturday night
a Russian skinhead looking for a fight
wearing blue, white, red of his nation's flag,
carrying two beer bottles in clenched hands
polished boots and military trousers tucked in the tops
proud to be Russian, looking for a fight
this is Norwich station, Saturday night


n.b. The human race never fails to disappoint.

CLP 12/03/2022

on Ukraine xvii

weaponry so cruel
threat of mutual destruction
dare we intervene?


CLP 11/03/2022