Thursday, 25 January 2018

Bear Arms

Comfort Zone

The military mind, as we all know,
Is disciplined, methodical and slow.
Although it likes its toys all gleaming new,
In most things it prefers the tried and true:
When fighting for the freedom of the West,
The older bogeymen are often best.
Thus, once again, we're ordered to beware
The rumblings of the ruthless Russian Bear:
That empire's seeking of its evil ends
Might soon deprive us of some Nazi friends.
It last attacked us – well, don't mind the date –
But let's to arms before we are too late
To tame the deadly threat that NATO faces
From right inside our worldwide ring of bases.

© Philip Challinor

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Philip Challinor posts fiction, satire and assorted grumbles on his blog: The Curmudgeon. His longer fiction is available here.


Russia develops instruments of war.
In this sad world of poverty and pain,
such money could be used for so much more.
Russia develops instruments of war,
bigger and better than it had before,
to kill and injure, subjugate and maim.
Russia develops instruments of war
in this sad world of poverty and pain.

© Jenni Hyatt

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Jenni Wyn Hyatt was born in Wales in 1942. She now lives in Derbyshire, and started writing poetry in her late sixties. Jenni published her first collection, 'Perhaps One Day' in 2017.