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Monday, 25 March 2019

The Thing from Planet Gove

Its handshake is that of a slightly disreputable funeral director.
Its eyes those of an opinionated alligator
that sometimes reviews opera forthe London Times.
Its mind is a free trade slaughterhouse, busy 
making mincemeat, as cleanly as possible,
of other people’s children, bony old parents 
and the occasional small business person 
who was just wrong place, wrong century.

But its regular appearances on TV impress
the sort of people who have sexual relations
with their cars. Or their neighbours
cars. The female it dreams of is 
Rupert Murdoch’s more withered sister 
who lets it stand on its tippy-toes in a tutu 
inherited from a former grandmother 
who was briefly a dowager Duchess 
until the unfortunate headlines 
made her true position undeniable.

And it is written in Scripture 
that at a time such as this
a thing such as this
would ascend to Earth and give us –
leaving god aside for the minute –
proof of Satan’s existence.

© Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins 

Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland. He teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director for the National University of Ireland - Galway Summer School. He is poetry critic of The Galway AdvertiserHe has published five collections of poetry. His next poetry collection, Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital, will be published by Salmon Poetry in June 2019.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Thoughts and Prayers

Racist terror
thoughts and prayers
Basest error
thoughts and prayers
Crossing, drowning
thoughts and prayers
Solemn, frowning
thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and prayers
and sad reactions
Thoughts and prayers
but rarely actions

Stabbed and killed
thoughts and prayers
Life unfulfilled
thoughts and prayers
Death in prison
thoughts and prayers
No decision
just thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and prayers
respectful silence
Thoughts and prayers
and yet more violence

Killer storms
thoughts and prayers
Global warming 
thoughts and prayers
Climate chaos
thoughts and prayers
Recycled pathos
thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and prayers
and resolutions
Thoughts and prayers
but no solutions

Thoughts and prayers
and bare exchanges
Thoughts and prayers
but nothing changes

They've bought up shares
in thoughts and prayers

© Janine Booth

After Christchurch, Muslims need more than just your thoughts and prayers

Janine Booth - [Website: Janine Booth]

Janine lives in Hackney, East London. She writes and performs poetry, and has had three slim volumes of poetry published. Janine posts poems and political polemics on her website.

What shall we do with him?

What shall we do with him? We shall not speak his name.
No stage for his infamy, no soap box for his claims.

One - Bring back the death penalty for hate crimes this vile.
Two - Dispense with the time and cost of trial.

After all what is the point of dragging this out.
The manifesto, the live stream, establish beyond doubt.
That he, we shall not speak his name.
Is guilty, guilty, guilty of this terrible shame.

He has shown no remorse and no repentance
So, I propose, that we move straight to sentence
Just as he did on that darkest day
Murder in his mind, when he set out to slay

Deny him a platform, deny him a voice
Don’t give him an option, don’t give him a choice
Don’t waste one bent penny or one red cent 
Keeping him warm, dry and fed in a secure apartment

Don’t allow this bitter, spiteful narcissist
To become a beacon for other extremists
Erase him from history an unmarked grave
The good things we could do with the money we save

Tear down the barricades between race and creed
Build byways and bridges and plant a seed
Promote diversity, unify our communities
Build a memorial to peace, love and unity

© John McDonough

Christchurch shootings: Ardern vows never to say gunman's name

John has been writing poetry for 30 years. His style is urban/performance poetry. He subtitles his spoken word for the benefit of the hard of hearing and those that struggle with dialect, John's is Mancunian.