His Mother makes them both a snack
Jamal, he sits out in the back
Upon an empty old rice sack
Flip-flops and bottle tops
In Gaza, fun for girls and boys
Are simple things that make no noise
For Jamal they're his favourite toys
Flip-flops and bottle tops
He plays outside in rubble dust
His Mother smiles and is not fussed
It's safer there but only just...
Friday 18th July 2014 5:18 pm
Tags: death,Gaza Strip,Israel,Palestine,toys,war
It's not death that comes
its life that passes.
And all that’s left
must turn to ashes.
The sun will rise
and the moon will pass,
and the next day comes
when the night slips past.
So death cannot come
and make a claim,
for life moves on
and soothes the pain.
Friday 11th July 2014 8:11 pm
A sound that penetrates
The hearts of all around.
Her heart explodes
She crumbles to the ground.
Her childhood stolen
With the burst of a pea.
Gone forever, gone
Her brain not meant to be.
The love stops here
A cry for help.
Come back to her
The child nee...
Friday 27th June 2014 8:52 pm
“YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU”
We’re going to war boys,
we’re going to war,
Lord Kitchener asked us
so we formed a corps.
Joe and Jack from the factory,
Ted and Jim from the farm,
the recruiting sergeant assures us
that there’s little chance of harm.
We’re part of the great pals army
and we’ve fallen for his charm
as we march away to war.
We’re in the war boys...
Wednesday 25th June 2014 9:01 pm
Tags: death,ghosts,glory,kitchener,marching song,pals army,poster,ww1,you're country needs you
Today I found a poisoned well,
Useless as my water pail.
No life it gives that I can tell,
Just an acrid sulfur smell.
Tuesday 24th June 2014 7:42 am
Thirteen Thirteen Thirty One
I Sat In The Barbers Chair
Paid My Money To Leave A Little Balder
Picked Up A Paper
Ten Year Old Dies Of Cancer
Turned The Page
Became The Page Turner
Next Article Read;
Six Year Old Drowned With Pet Cat By Mother
Turned Out Mother Was A Drug Addict and Had A Bad Trip
I Once Went To Eastbourne
That Trip Wasn't Much Better
Turned Another Page
The Page Turne...
Wednesday 28th May 2014 2:13 pm
The series from Billy Connolly on the subject of death was both interesting and "laugh out loud"
entertaining - as only he can be.
I'm not into man-made religion. The teaching that Jesus was a simple man clad in the simplest
garments hardly goes hand in hand with the luxurious trappings of the "ranks" of the organised
church. And any religion with no joyous songs needn't bother...
Thursday 15th May 2014 4:56 pm
Home By Christmas
I fear I let my feelings rule my head,
that you would have no trouble getting leave.
You would be home by Christmas as they said.
All through the Autumn, sleeping cold in bed,
I dreamt of all our marriage would achieve.
I fear I let my feelings rule my head.
Not since the day that both of us were wed
had we missed carols, sung that holy eve.
You would be home by Ch...
Wednesday 14th May 2014 2:15 pm
Tags: death,home by christmas,hope,loss,villanelle,war poem
And I will say - now I am become fire.
The liar, the thief, stirred underneath
In golden chasms burst forth
Unto wrought iron skies
Shedding white scales
Upon the veils of the red.
And I will say - now I am become faith.
The wraith deity, gravity defiler
Tied to the fate, the hate
Of beaten idols
Lying in scattered pieces
Upon barren soils.
And I will say - now I am bec...
Monday 28th April 2014 3:22 pm
You dropped like Peter Pan into the nursery,
And taught the younger children how to fly.
You left your shadow, which we burn in ceremony,
To set your spirit free into the sky.
They took you from your Highgate pram, (not Kensington)
From place to place your infant soul was tossed,
To settle here and there, a gentle gatekeeper.
Your sweet smile welcomed in the l...
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 8:51 pm
TIMES BROKEN ARROW
And the world keeps rocking to the sound of the void
Spinning through time, a pirouette we can't avoid
And what have you done today
Did the fool on his errand slip by
Did you have much to say
As his time in your life seemed to fly
And the world keeps spinning into uncertain futures
The wounds in it's crust needing serious sutures
And what have you done today
Wednesday 12th March 2014 2:18 am
Tags: death,destruction,dying planet,Earth,life,questions,time
You drive your Mini in mad rush hour traffic
dodging buses like a pinball.
Thinking your 3-inch steel bullbars
will be strong enough to protect you.
Okay, wrong turn! Hit a wagon and see you burn
as Mini explodes and you die very badly.
Your Mini totalled in your crazy gamble but your
3-inch bullbars are still nice and shiny,
Tuesday 11th February 2014 8:52 pm
Tags: accident,car crash,death,injuries,people,wreck
Her face was peppered with white powder,
The prouder part of her slender frame
Lay still, a weary head on a pillow
By an open window four floors away.
Eyes of glass catch hazed reflections
From the direction of London lamps
Lighting themselves one by one,
But she does not smile at their amber gleam
Whilst the seams of her soul come undone.
Vague melt solidifies natures crime scene.
Unheard screams echo thro...
Thursday 23rd January 2014 12:02 pm
FACE A GUN
How many soldiers were court-martialled,
shot dead, coz of an error of judgement?
“You Private! Take that forty litres of water to A Platoon.”
Fog of war and shell shock.
No water and a bullet in the head.
Of 317 British soldiers in our war to end all wars,
were any of them like the above?
Executed for cowardice in the face of the enemy.
Monday 20th January 2014 3:35 pm
Tags: death,errors,executed soldiers,firing squad,fog of war,ww1
the cosmic cowboy
on a deadly cocktail
of alcohol and morphine
to ease the pain
to ease the heartache
to ease the way
to a friendless funeral
in a cheap hearse
five gallons of gasoline
and a lighted match
in an open coffin at Cap Rock
under the Joshua trees
a blazing fireball
of wasted dreams
a flame so bri...
Friday 17th January 2014 7:22 pm
Tags: cosmic cowboy,country music,death,gram parsons,grievous angel,joshua tree
Hurricane fighter plane dives through clouds towards the ground,
he goes down through the thick grey murk, no one can see him or knows
where he is going.
His wingmen landed some time ago and still there is no trace of him.
Is he gone, his plane so many smashed pieces of metal or burnt ash?
The dogfight was fast and swift with many planes turning and rolling
Wednesday 1st January 2014 9:14 pm
Tags: air battle,death,fighters,missing,pilots,war
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