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It’s not surprising there is some fatigue;

Far away lands of which we know not much

Soon regress once the novelty wears off

And the front page headlines have moved elsewhere.


There was that time, of course; Ukraine became

Everyone’s second-favourite country.

Top people swaggered in yellow and blue

And excited queues welcomed the displaced.


It couldn’t last. The hard men got to work

With their fake news and stories of excess,

And citizens ask why it takes so long

To get a proper victory to cheer.


The West echoes to plots of turned-off taps.

Consensus, perhaps never really there,

Will lie exposed as the sum of its parts,

If common sense flies too close to the sun.


◄ Birds

Nativity ►


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Stephen Gospage

Wed 13th Dec 2023 21:11

Thank you, Martin. Yes, this bully has to be stopped. Thank you, John. It would be nice, but who would replace him?

And thanks to John GE.

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John Coopey

Mon 11th Dec 2023 20:54

In the same way that Putin is relying on the West’s fatigue (Enter Donald Trump) I sincerely hope our dirty warriors are doing their best inside Russia to destabilise him.

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Martin Elder

Mon 11th Dec 2023 10:52

Thanks for the reminder that we need to stand up to the playground bully where ever he rears his head.

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 11th Dec 2023 07:06

Thank you, Graham and Uilleam. The world must continue to support Ukraine and convince Russia that its unprovoked aggression is never going to win.

And thanks Nigel, Stephen A, Steve, Manish, Holden and Tim for liking the poem.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Sun 10th Dec 2023 11:32

Thank you Stephen.
Ukraine was never my "second-favourite country": it merely forms part of a long line of tragedies which in my lifetime includes Nothern Ireland, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine's Nakba-from the year I was born, and now Israel October 7th and on and on....
Please keep up the good work Stephen.

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 10th Dec 2023 10:40

By the way, keep the torch burning! For goodness sake!

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 10th Dec 2023 10:38

Yes Stephen, it"s all to do with money of course. We can all be virtuous in our support for the underdog against the bully until we start to feel it in our wallets!

The world needs to stand together against the bully. Make Ukraine a part of NATO immediately and then give Putin three weeks to bugger off! or else!

It's the only thing that will work!

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