Poems

My hands are on the table and my life is in front of you

October 11, 2011

My hands are on the table and my life is in front of you In the silence we both know where hope is taking us Let us be quick but not deadly in our beliefs Let us bury our weapons where we can never again find them Surely secure are the places and the memories […]

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For the ease of pain and suffering the angels of this world are many

October 10, 2011

For the ease of pain and suffering the angels of this world are many Flying on fuel from a selfless source Catch one of these angels in full-flight and the action is wonderful Not like us with our untried wings The aspiration may be there but take-offs are difficult Because at times our inhumanity seems […]

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What is famine but a country that wants to be a desert

September 7, 2011

What is famine but a country that wants to be a desert Yet here are souls still with the energy to make love and to produce children Soldiers and that stupid term freedom fighters Here they are their mouths dry as a bone And going to war against their brothers We do these things and […]

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Whether you believe in salvation or not

July 31, 2011

Whether you believe in salvation or not At least give this young kid a chance Here he is shouting to the crowd and The crowd with stones to throw not a soul is listening Is this how it is with the inconsolable They throw stones and in the throwing accuse themselves They lynch their own […]

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If it’s down to laying waste our vineyards

July 30, 2011

If it’s down to laying waste our vineyards And armies that they are burning wheatfields What else can we do but leave our homes In this madness all you can think of is getting your family to safety Anything to get away from the smell of good grain burning Those that are doing this they […]

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In your preparations for war

July 30, 2011

In your preparations for war Have you thought closely on The instant and on the deed For what are you implementing An inventory of skeletons In whose name are you taking names And over what distance are you expecting to come home Why should it be an order against ourselves That so many innocent people […]

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The little master his village is in ruins

July 30, 2011

The little master his village is in ruins And here he is fishing for his own face in a puddle Brave little bastard his ambition does not reflect his situation Nor does his age reflect his purpose Here at the edge of a stagnant puddle A world situation is being resolved He spits into his […]

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With the shooting stopped and the freedom fighter at last finding his true voice

April 22, 2011

With the shooting stopped and the freedom fighter at last finding his true voice This is how it is my friends we are all of us Tied to our lives by a thread no thicker than a hoverfly’s thought So tell your children from today the sun will remain high in the sky Their shadows […]

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You say that you are finished with being a revolutionary

February 2, 2011

You say that you are finished with being a revolutionary But what about the whistle in your pocket who is going to play it God knows the madness in this world has need of such a whistle Look what we are making of life a parade of willing and unwilling skeletons You and your whistle […]

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What can I tell him twenty-four hours from now

October 13, 2010

What can I tell him twenty-four hours from now He will be brought out of the bowels of the earth The last to be rescued the last and the first To tell us that life is sweet and Fresh air and daylight they come at you two caring hands In this and in no more […]

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If a poem arises it is because the silence around it has started it has started to speak

September 13, 2010

If a poem arises it is because the silence around it has started to speak A long way from here someone is drawing a door in the sand In a country’s imagination there are those Trapped underground even in their desperation they cannot appear to us In that same country if you look for them […]

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The road is packed with people who do not want to leave

September 13, 2010

The road is packed with people leaving who do not want to leave There are no pilgrims here – today is not a holy day or a holy war The amount to be frozen has turned bread hard as bricks A city is on the move if you are here you are here for each […]

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You are no more a cripple than I am a long-eared bat

September 13, 2010

You are no more a cripple than I am a long-eared bat The earth is waiting for you to put down your two feet The earth’s core is waiting to be told That you have walked past the post you said you could not Two steps of the road and you are thriving on it […]

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Little bastard he has nowhere to run to

September 13, 2010

Little bastard he has nowhere to run to Saddled with all these clocks Where the hell does he think he is going So many clocks and not one at the correct time His own face itself a clock the hands of his eyes stopped If he trips and falls imagine the ding-dongs Stupid bastard why […]

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He picked up his pipe

September 13, 2010

He picked up his pipe And filled it not with tobacco But with the old reality that An eye for an eye we are God’s equal With no blame attached andNo answers expected Created in God’s image There has to be recovery On one very beautiful night My friend lit his pipeTook his first draw […]

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All because of a rose planted in the wrong place

September 13, 2010

All because of a rose planted in the wrong place A young man the gardener more than Losing face he loses his life Praising both the cautious and the bold In the event the rose does what all roses do It produces first the thorn and then the bloom Translate this into cities and those […]

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If you forget this village you have ignored

September 13, 2010

If you forget this village you have ignored Why in the first place it was built upon the earth Ask yourself of your two eyes what it is that they wish to cover up Of a house and the collapse of its roof before it happened Who was it sheltered there was it the big […]

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It seems like a thousand years

September 13, 2010

It seems for a thousand years I have been watching the apples Ripen on my apple tree Perhaps far into the unknown There will be people like me Who this minute are looking at the same tree and thinking Just what is it about apples ripening And this thousand years of mine Why is everything […]

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Discovering a bird’s nest I ask myself

February 14, 2010

Discovering a bird’s nest I ask myself What war is it that we are talking of Do we mean the war yesterday or the war today Perhaps it’s the war of the inevitable The war of tomorrow the war that’s bound to come The war of a small country standing against the print on the […]

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