2017 10 – Poems

NOW THEY’LL GO ON ABOUT THIS FOR DAYS AND DAYS

  • The endless TV
  •   overstuffed pages of a
  • newspaper
  •   the piece-to-camera
  • caper
  •   the experts on terrorism
  • clichés
  •   platitudes
  • in rhythm
  •   they forecast
  • Syria Libya Iraq
  •   and
  • who will live and die
  •   in the wreckage
  • these hacks
  •   but they can’t forecast
  • the next ruined
  •   holiday package
  • with their morality
  •   heaven-sent
  • integrity
  •   long ago
  • spent

Wilson John Haire

OF TILLS AND PILLS

  • The Titanic sank on the 14th of April
  •   1912
  • to the Atlantic Ocean floor
  •   the Ulster Covenant made a call
  • to rebel
  •   on the 28th of September
  • 1912
  •   against the Third Home Rule Bill
  • signed by loyalists galore
  •   the shivering wreck has put money
  • in the till
  •   while the Covenant has put Loyalism
  • on the Pill

Wilson John Haire

TOURIST CLASS

  • 3000 bombs and missiles hit Mosul
  •   in three years
  • this RAF pilot
  •   on TV appears
  • his temper
  •   ultraviolet
  • they hate us down there
  •   he says
  • but we don’t kill civilians
  •   for we’ve counted none
  • only villains
  •   and when we have polished them
  • off
  •   he interrupts with a little
  • cough
  •   it’s off to Raqqa
  • to you Syria
  •   for another fling
  • where our bombs will groom
  •   and our missiles will sing
  • out of tune
  •   with the Assad aria

Wilson John Haire

FLAG OF CONVENIENCE

  • The people’s flag is deepening red
  •   from the blood of the Iraqi dead
  • Palestinians knocked out cold
  •   when Zionism sought to twist its soul
  • then there are the luxury
  •  yachts
  • for cavorting Mandelson
  •  the microdot
  • alas poor Prescott the bosses friend
  •   proletarian from end to end
  • once militant trade unionist
  •   now very much at sea
  • sits in ermine buzzing wildly as a
  •   one-winged bee
  • bring on bagpiper Alistair Campbell
  •   fingers chanter of blood and guts
  • mad-dancing
  •   as he rambles
  • ah Tony Blair someone fetch me a chair
  •   helped high finance now vigorously
  • collects his share
  •   roams the world as a PR hit man
  • lock up your wife if you can
  •   did George-W-Bush impregnate him
  • with hate
  •   when he last went on that Whitehouse date
  • but as a lawyer on the go it’s a word
  •   he very well knows
  • can’t think like others as the blood
  •   continues to flow
  • now nothing at all Left of New Labour
  •   since it last tossed it’s Thatcherite
  • caber

Wilson John Haire

BUT NOT LIKE THAT

  • One of the most blood-thirsty tribes
  •   on earth
  • Scythians 900 – 200 BC warriors of
  •   ancient Siberia
  • slaughtered men women children
  •   those about to
  • give birth
  •   today’s criteria
  • drank their blood
  •   no humanity
  • at its hub
  •   though produced great art
  • says
  •   the historian
  • but they’re not like
  •   us
  • not valedictorian
  •   not the same
  • European empires
  •   such a shame
  • yes
  •   but  not like that
  • what
  •   Iraq Libya Syria Afghanistan
  • a bane
  •   yes
  • but not like that
  •   Hiroshima Nagasaki
  • bad cess
  •   yes
  • but not like that
  •   US war-mongering
  • to control the planet
  •   maybe
  • dammit
  •   but not like that

Wilson John Haire.

NOW WHY DID I THINK LIKE THAT

  • Cacophony whistles
  •   blow
  • steam others electronic
  •   8 am
  • panic
  •   haven’t put on clothes
  • panic
  •   coalmines’ tongue out
  • to swallow me
  •   down its throat
  • shipyard wants to coffin me
  •   in a cold steel boat
  • blast furnace melts eyes
  •   down cheek
  • cotton mill chatters chatters chatters
  •   bangs and batters
  • freaks
  •   reoccurring dream
  • lie there
  •   the brain evaporates
  • the scene
  •   down the deserted street
  • nitrous oxide canisters
  •   needles on a park seat
  • not laughing now
  •   sliding down endless
  • banisters
  •   at job centre
  • play air-guitar
  •   please your mentor
  • play air-hammer
  •   simulate the wrecking bar
  • midst the demolition
  •   the state
  • your embalmer.

Wilson John Haire.

 

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