Oh! Mothers

it is said childbirth
is the most painful of pains
but not after this

~

n.b. Sons, brothers, uncles, lovers, husbands, fathers, friends. Young men, rest in peace.

CLP 29/08/2021

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

Oh, India!

handsome elephant

what plans have you made to

bring your strength to bear

~

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

CLP 17/08/2021

Oh, Pakistan!

what help can you give

to your abandoned neighbours

who cry for freedom

~

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

CLP 17/08/2021

Oh, China!

what alternatives

can you offer whilst Hong Kong’s

umbrellas protest

~

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

CLP 17/08/2021

Oh, Russia!

what happened out there

was there not enough at home

to keep you busy

~

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

CLP 17/08/2021