2017 11 – Poems

DISEMBODIED VOICES

  • how do you treat rust
  •   ah that made you frown
  • usually with a lot of fuss
  •   promise that it will go away
  • thought it’s spread throughout
  •   the town
  • it must obey
  •   mortar-board and gown
  • the speech-writer said
  •   on the campaign trail
  • it’s words in the mouth of
  •   the well-paid
  • so get real
  •   just vote you dope
  • then at least you’ll have
  •   hope
  • let’s rewrite that
  •   did I promise you a yacht
  • no
  •   a review
  • of this rust-belt
  •   the naked truth stands here
  • in its pelt
  •   maybe a little uncouth
  • okay
  •   come alive
  • hey
  •   I’m saying you exist
  • and I shall remember you
  •   if your voting persists
  • they called him a son-of-a-bitch
  •   he and his great big Russia
  • run like
  •   in the days of Prussia
  • now that I’ve been elected sober and sane
  •    I’m asking you
  • not to complain
  •   this great big country
  • Russia
  •   to it I sing
  • doh ray me fah
  •   come bear and let us together
  • cling
  •   to trade
  • which they forbade
  •   and in all that oil we can wade
  • just a moment
  •   the phone
  •  was it meant
  •   can’t answer I’m hollowed
  • out
  •   there’s a hand up my back
  • I can’t whisper
  •   I can’t shout
  • I sit on someone’s knee
  •   a southern comfort breath
  • can’t reflect
  •   deaf
  • a hack
  •   don’t know what I’m about
  • son-of-a-bitch
  •   Russia like Prussia
  • well that went without
  •   a hitch
  • NATO
  •   don’t need it
  • don’t heed it
  •   it’s America first
  • walled America
  •   before it bursts
  • let’s stop giving countries
  •   sciatica
  • that brought in the liberals
  •   the baby boomers
  • on the peripheral
  •   some Americans want to be
  • decent
  •   too busy making money
  • only
  •   heard that quite recent
  • could I also be a honey
  •    back on that knee again
  • they promised me my voice back
  •   but when
  • in the meantime
  •   who do we whack

Wilson John Haire.  11th October, 2017

 

TRUTH AS AN ILLNESS

  • It was beating the dollar-a-day
  •   bod
  • someone
  •   robbed
  • their family of food
  •   to make an IED
  • concede
  •   so many prayers
  • so many gods
  •   still there the wheelchair
  • in care
  •   the examination
  • here to share
  •   16 years hasn’t fixed
  • this mess
  •   never mind the tears
  • it was duress
  •   that strategy
  • for the region
  •   I know
  • they’re leaking again
  •   my lesions
  • but I haven’t passed
  •   have I
  • no extra money
  •   may as well say
  • goodbye
  •   wait?
  • I’m not running
  •   this fodder won’t
  • anymore
  •   double-march to order
  • I do have
  •   post-traumatic-stress-disorder!

Wilson John Haire

 

MANNEQUIN AS PRESIDENT

  • She ranted on about women’s rights in
  •    politics
  • wanted a president in place without
  •   a dick
  • she would use her maternal instinct to take humankind
  •   to her bosom
  • though she didn’t mention the torturous death of Gaddafi and
  •   her laughing
  • as gruesome
  •   nor of Bin laden and her loud wow at his demise
  • by her country’s assassins
  •  and with each drone decapitation
  • did she admit to a high-five
  •   she squeezes humanity out of the
  • TV screen
  •   but the blood-waves lap the cyber-shore
  • as she preens
  •   while the talk-show-host drives deaf-mute-blind
  • through her valley of severed limbs
  •   whilst attending to her every
  • whim
  •   his explosives are catherine-wheels
  • his witches and demons
  •   makes for nothing more than Halloween
  • so much chat
  •   nothing ever revealed
  • it seems

Wilson John Haire.

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