2016 05 – Poems

COLD WAR HEATING

  •                         It was to be a bulwark
  •                                     against
  •                                     the US
  •                         then the watch-dogs of the nation
  •                                     awoke
  •                                      and barked
  •                         bad cess to this domination
  •                                     what had
  •                                     happened
  •                         happened as more of
  •                                     an
  •                                      aberration
  •                         and what was that about the
  •                                     power
  •                                      of
  •                         a European trade union
  •                                     with
  •                                     our
  •                         brothers and sisters
  •                                     in
  •                                     permanent
  •                         universal communion
  •                                     a dispute in
  •                                     Birmingham
  •                         being a dispute
  •                                     in Paris
  •                                     in Berlin
  •                         worker’s healing balm
  •                                     were we
  •                                     dreaming
  •                         as they became interwoven
  •                                     with NATO
  •                                     aggression
  •                         Russia again threatened by
  •                                     the Hessian
  •                                     the Ukraine
  •                         their former Nazi ally
  •                                     the truth
  •                                     belied
  •                         Obama invited over to protect
  •                                     the American
  •                                     stake
  •                         given permission to decide
  •                                     Westminster’s
  •                                     fate
  •                         crime scene crime scene
  •                                     says
  •                                     the tape.

                        Wilson John Haire.

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LIVE AND LET DIE

  • What a sight I saw the other day
  • where financiers come to pray
  • I was cycling through the City of London
  • that square mile of everything abundant
  • there was this billionaire crying beside the
  • horn of plenty
  • yes, a blue-chip cognoscenti
  • there there I said dry your eyes
  • everybody dies
  • but no one in his life was dead
  • as far as he had read
  • or the TV screen had said
  • instead
  • twas the living-wage hourly rate
  • up fifty pence without his dictate
  • that brought the tears
  • as the mob jeered
  • it would now be seven pounds twenty
  • an hour
  • being under twenty-five years old a bar
  • still a wage much too far
  • what would Tesco and Whitbread do now
  • poor things
  • it was cull-time even for those who
  • cringe and cling
  • now one person would have to do three jobs
  • it was either that or agree to be robbed
  • I did see his point of view
  • as I joined the food-bank queue
  • and he called for his chauffeur
  • and his limousine to bear
  • him to a the Guildhall dinner
  • I know
  • we can’t all be winners
  • now my bike’s got a flat tyre
  • but I still aspire
  • to get a job before I retire
  • or expire.

Wilson John Haire

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CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME?

  • Feed the machine
  • tap a tenner
  • into your mobile
  • after this scene
  • adjust your antenna
  • children cry
  • these pictures are vile
  • children with flies
  • children with malnutrition
  • children about to die
  • this is your opportunity
  • for contrition
  • watch the TV screen
  • they are orphans of Ebola
  • of Aids
  • this could damage your
  • immunity
  • you are the well-fed
  • so don’t be mean
  • it’s fade-out for these
  • black babes-
  • we interrupt this programme
  • with some breaking-news
  • it’s a six-nation bombing
  • raid
  • on Libya
  • no children with flies
  • no children with malnutrition
  • no children about to die
  • no orphans of Ebola
  • of Aids
  • what children
  • I don’t see any children
  • I don’t hear any children
  • cry.

Wilson John Haire