We had a haiku on Monday from David J. Kelly which was a change for us but I felt that the minimalism of the piece expressed the horror of the situation without overwhelming the sense that this sort of crime has to stop.
This sense carried on in "Fairies Hanging" by Usha Kishore on Thursday which was a more detailed and graphic depiction which served to emphasise the animal barbarity of the attack.
It is time for men to grow up, treat other people as human beings and use their strengths for the betterment of the world. Be that unpopular guy who says "This is not right" and effect the change.
I like poems about poetry such as "So You Call This Poetry" on Tuesday from Thomas Martin. These were interesting points that Paxman raised and poets should not be frightened to engage with them. Realising that there isn't a correct answer is the key, however. I liked Thomas' lines about the elements of poetry
Classical allusions and spiritual motifs
Sometimes rhyming, sometimes not.
Contrived metaphors, laboured similes,
Wednesday's poem "Peace for Homs" by Wendy Nicholson detailed the pointlessness of war which is still playing out. The poem has the striking image in of the clock tower in Homs keeping the time while the chaos continues.
The iconic clock tower no longer keeps time
standing tall in the rubble as if to define
the Old Quarter of Homs
Our poem for the D-Day commemoration was "D-Day" by Maurice Devitt which outlines the fears and uncertainty those people faced and the gains we made by their efforts. The second stanza talking about the struggles the soldiers had can also serve as a description of much of life.
With the comfort of distance
you will recall
how we trudged
through a darkness
not our own
I hope you all have a good week, keep sending in the poems. There's still plenty to write about.