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Remember – Sunday 10/11/13

Tweet    Remember We owe a debt to those who risk and sometimes give their lives to protect us and we must discharge it But to celebrate with equal circumstance those who simply kill in our name corrupts true gallantry And when we know as sadly know we do that corrupting souls assassins makes we […]

Somewhere On The Earth Tonight – Poem

Tweet     Somewhere On The Earth Tonight     Somewhere on the Earth tonight new life cries as its journey just begins elsewhere old life dies Somewhere on the Earth tonight someone kills stealing hopes and other lives obeying alien wills Somewhere on the Earth tonight hunger gnaws sapping life from children’s souls paying […]

Poem: 12th of November – next day thoughts on Remembrance Day

Tweet      12th of November Too many flags Too many wreaths flying and furled circles and sheaths symbols of power and Babel’s tower Too many widows Too much unsolaced grief Too many pipes Too many drums militant skirl bellicose beat marching in lines laying down mines Too wedded to war To demand that peace […]

Remembrance Day – Another kind of respect

Tweet                         Forget Me Not   Remembrance Day Etched in unforgiving stone The Glorious Dead implacable stands alone washed in rain and bitter tears blood red poppies do not atone across the bitter years the sadness and the loss As each November nears we mourn our honoured dead with military pomp and easy prayers power […]

Poem: Memorial Ground Zero – 26th October 2012 24 hours before Hurricane Sandy Hit

Tweet        Memorial Ground Zero– 26th October 2012 So many many names so many many lives no more Names of every race every faith and every creed make this place this precious space satisfy a sacred need There was a Jesus a Mohammad too the paradox of belief perplexes us faith that sustains […]

BUFFY SAINTE MARIE

Tweet    BUFFY SAINTE MARIE You shall be Earth He said Rain lover Corn giver home to the roots of trees and men Yes you shall be Earth I love the Earth she said My mother My brother Who sustains me My place, my home But I shall not be Earth You shall be Wind […]

Poem: Houla

Tweet    Houla Thirty-two divides time and time again to a perfect one Yet here there are none all are lost, all gone the maths of massacre just does not add up it only takes away Their deaths dishonour us silent in a guilt wherein lies are built We are all now less deaf to […]

Poem: Layin’ Down Trouble – Can’t beat the Man

Tweet    Layin’  Down Trouble they’re laying down trouble cos they can’t get ahead the Suits are all sagely noddin’ their heads you made it yourself now lie in your bed talk to the banker take out a loan you gotta be kiddin’ try blood from a stone they’re laying down trouble cos life is […]

Remembrance – Universal Trader – Lest we forget – the Arms Salesmen

Tweet    To the tune of Buffy Sainte Marie’s song – Universal Soldier   The Universal Trader   He wears pinstripe suits and shiny shiny shoes He deals in death for all and every cause He sells to everyone, there’s no one cannot buy He’s supplier to a thousand wars   He sells to Muslims […]

Six Poems for Remembrance week (5) Remembrance Day – Another kind of respect

Tweet      Remembrance Day Etched in unforgiving stone The Glorious Dead implacable stands alone washed in rain and bitter tears blood red poppies do not atone across the bitter years the sadness and the loss As each November nears we mourn our honoured dead with military pomp and easy prayers power privilege and marching […]