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

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 Ukraine xv

dead of night silence
broken record shrieks and cries
drunk mimics your pain


n.b. There is no peace until you have peace.

CLP 07/03/2022

in blood (on Ukraine xiv)

viral infection
stimulates antibodies
fight for survival


n.b. There is a period of inflammation before the outcome is settled. I would not dream of calling the murder of innocents ‘inflammation’.

CLP 03/03/2022

on Ukraine xiii

we saw Aleppo
turned into blood, tears and dust
the Devil rides on


n.b. What happened there was our warning. Besides watching ‘For Sama’ what more was done? So now, Ukraine?

The link takes you to the trailer for the documentary film. It is not easy to watch.

CLP 02/03/2022

on Ukraine xii

we wait for results
late Saturday afternoon
this is not a game


CLP 26/02/2022

on Ukraine xi

we retire to bed
sleep soundly in ignorance
dream through your nightmare


CLP 24/02/2022

on Ukraine ix

It's "a matter of
Ukrainian self-defence"
is all we offer


n.b. Expect little more than more hot air from a UK government led by a liar and a spiv, whose political party accepts money laundered through Londongrad.

I am reminded of an old joke adapted:

Q: How do I get out of this?
A: Well, I wouldn't start from here, if I were you.

CLP. 24/02/2022

on Ukraine viii

it's been war for years
constant squeeze, threats, bullying
now you choose to see


CLP 14/02/2022