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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 […]

Poem: Freedom – The caged eagle

Tweet      Freedom    Caged, confined, the eagle cried for his lost freedom of the skies and as he grieved his spirit died resignation in his eyes

Poem – Depression: say it don’t think it

Tweet    Depression Life was going swimmingly when a sudden current surged, and swept me out to sea. I watched the land and all so dear to me, recede into the distance as I struggled just to be. Against a dark unfathomed sea I thrashed about and battled but couldn’t struggle free. Exhausted, I just […]

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 (6) – Upon a Lifting Breeze

Tweet      Upon a Lifting Breeze I will soar Upon a lifting breeze In sunset’s fading light I shall find my ease Do not weep for me Nor regret my passing day My love lives on in you You now will find my way My spirit lives Within the gentle rain That slakes the […]

Six Poems for Remembrance Week (3) Never Gone

Tweet    Native American – Indian – spiritual beliefs unlike say the Abrahamic religions, are spatial not temporal; communitarian not individualistic. This does not try to be an ‘Indian’ poem – that would be silly. But it does try to express a deep empathy towards the spirit of these ideas and the culture that struggles […]

Six Poems for Remembrance week (2) If There is no Eden

Tweet    For those without religious belief who gave their lives and those who mourn them.   If There Is No Eden If there is no Eden no paradise to be where shall rest the solace that sets our grieving free No hymns of praise console us still less serried bands the pomp and circumstance […]

Six Poems for Remembrance week – (1) Eternity

Tweet    Eternity Eternity seen as endless time leaves life’s mystery untouched A sentence with no point a story with no end a journey with no arrival a life with no youth or age knowledge with no wisdom beauty with no rebirth and love without its deepest power of loss Death is part of the […]

If There Is No Eden – Afghanistan, Iraq and other madness

Tweet For those without religious belief who gave their lives and those who mourn them. If There Is No Eden If there is no Eden no paradise to be where shall rest the solace that sets our grieving free No hymns of praise console us still less serried bands the pomp and circumstance of mourning […]

Angry – Poem: laughter as rebellion, resistance, respect

TweetThe London Bombings 7th July 2005 This was posted in the week of the London bombings (7/7 2005) on www.writewords.org.uk a writers’ web site I belong to. Many poems had been posted that week trying to express the inexpressible anger and grief we all felt – hence the remarks below written with respect: “Like the […]