2017 05 – Poems

OUR DAY

  • It’s a simmering pot
  •   not quite on the boil
  • though still ever so hot
  •   once it ate high centigrades
  • for nigh on thirty years
  •   and helped redden the soil
  • while those trying to turn it down
  •   jeered
  • before burning their fingers
  •   how those memories linger
  • when decades ago it was all
  •   very cold
  • and consolation came mainly
  •   from song and bar
  • until the first taper was lit
  •   by the bold
  •  now you wonder how long can
  •   can it last
  • before the contents evaporate
  •   and the pot melts
  • to be recast
  •   slowly
  • it will all wear away with time
  •   slowly
  • don’t let impatience
  •   ruin your day
  • our day

Wilson John Haire

 

GASWORKS

  • Do you mind he asked if I punch
  •   your best friend in the mouth
  • for I’ve gotta hunch
  •   and for this I can vouch
  • it was whispered over lunch
  •   it’s as sad as it gets
  • I have to tell a lie
  •   I’ll always be in your debt
  • if you’ll be the fall-guy
  •   by standing aside
  • this lie you’ll endorse
  •   and the standing of the jihadists
  • you’ll reinforce
  •   but you’ll understand that punch
  • wasn’t really meant
  •   it’s to pacify that Whitehouse
  • clique
  •   and throw them off the scent
  • otherwise my future is bleak

Wilson John Haire

 

BEHOLDING

  • They play power-politics
  •   despite the terrain
  • following the dogs-of-war
  •   though limply on the wane
  • for they are the under-dog
  •   poisonous
  • as strychnine
  •   practising diplomacy
  • as a machine
  •   their word is fire
  • to kerosene
  •   they don’t need proof
  • nor investigation
  •   lapping up any US accusation
  • their foreign minister is a pus-filled
  •   leaking balloon
  • their UN rep
  •   empty as the moon
  • as undertakers they know
  •   the death of nations
  • without thought of damnation
  •   they moralise through their
  • imperial church
  •   that sees all opponents besmirched.

Wilson John Haire

 

WHAT A SPIFFING GAME!

  • Take cricket
  •   with its many rules
  • take war without
  •   the wicket
  • pronounce war as
  •   cricket-for-fools
  • without
  •   the analysis the appeal
  • the average
  •   the bail the ball
  • the no-ball
  •   the bat the batsman
  • batting
  •   the block the boundary
  • bowling
  •   the bowled the break
  • the leg-break
  •   the off-break the bye
  • the catch
  •   the caught-and-bowled
  • the century
  •   the cover-point the crease
  • the bowling-crease
  •   the popping-crease
  • the declaration
  •   the drive the extras the follow-on
  • the full-pitch
  •   the googlie the half-volley
  • the hit-wicket
  •   the innings the leg-before-wicket
  • the leg-break
  •   the leg-glance the  maiden-over
  • the no-ball
  •   the off-break the over the run
  • the stump
  •   the crease the wide the wicket-keeper
  • the yorker
  •   without all that isn’t war
  •  a corker
  •   but they must know cricket
  •  before they make war
  •   or they we shall abhor
  •                       beware the judge a spin-bowler
  •   the prosecution a batsman
  •  the enemy in the dock
  •   with broken molars

Wilson John Haire.

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