Friday, 22 December 2017

Yet another thorough review

(in memoriam Bijan Ebrahimi, Iranian refugee murdered in 2013)


Yet another report concludes
that a man is guilty
until he is proved innocent
especially if he does not have white skin
but they are extremely sorry yet again
and will carry out
yet another thorough review.

Yet another report concludes
that the police ignore complaints
from a man who is disabled and an immigrant
but they are extremely sorry yet again
and will carry out
yet another thorough review.

Yet another report concludes
that a man can be kicked into unconsciousness
battered into lifelessness
dragged out of his home on to the street
have fuel poured into his face
over his clothes and set on fire
and that this is quite normal
but the culprits have been detained
and they are extremely sorry yet again
and will carry out
yet another thorough review.

Yet another report concludes
that hatred is the barbed wire
lodged in and around the human brain
anger and resentment the electric charge
that surges through it
disrespect the stinking stain
but they’re extremely sorry yet again
and will carry out
yet another thorough review.

Yet another report concludes
that we’re extremely sorry for our failings
yet again
and will carry out
yet another thorough review
but owing to circumstances beyond our control
some changes cannot be made.

© Dave Urwin


Dave Urwin lives in west Wales and performs his poetry live regularly. 'Towards Humanity' was published in 2015 (Pinewood Press, Swansea). He also publishes on his blog, jadedmountain.wordpress.com.

1 comment:

  1. Really good. I was hoping that someone would write a poem about this awful case, and I reckon you've nailed it.

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