Saturday, 21 November 2020

Poetry24 is now permanently CLOSED. 

Monday, 16 November 2020

Wildfire

Gray skies gone red,
phones pinging with news,
they keep the car packed.
Clothes, papers, her grandma’s silver,
his old guitar, dog food, water, pictures
they thought they’d have time to scan.

They stay inside, wait, windows
a strange End Times hue. Hope.
until the evacuation call comes.
They cry as he props open gates
to give horses a chance, as she
lets hens out, leashes the dogs.

Tears tumble down ash-dusted faces,
soak into their masks. Ash made of pine,
black-tailed deer, salamander. Ash made
of books and homes. Ash ever-present
as grief. As they drive away, they breathe in
what’s lost.

© Laura Grace Weldon

Severe forest fires have increased eightfold in western US since 1985, study finds

Laura Grace Weldon has two poetry collections, Blackbird (Grayson 2019) and Tending (Aldrich 2013). She was 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. Laura works as a book editor and lives on a small farm where she'd get more done if she didn't spend so much time reading library books, cooking weird things, and singing to livestock. lauragraceweldon.com.

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Paths of Glory

Tonight, swinging in the hammock,
smoking a Marlboro, musing,
more'n enough out there to kill ya,
I turn over clumped dead leaves,
damped by thick mist or fret, who knows,
but it's eerie,
eerie enough for that incongruity,
that stray thought of Saddam
after he was caught,
like some fierce killer dog beaten down,
head to the ground,
tired, finished, dirty, dishevelled,
and me, a twinge of something else
under the satisfaction because I'm human.

Alexander drunk and crown tarnished,
losing his grip, sword rusted to hell,
of Bucephalus fallen, and the dead
hounding his dreams. Did he not guess?
Napoleon imprisoned, not once but twice,
and those others, the rest of the pack
who followed cracked paths of power.
Gaddafi impaled, the bunker shot,
did they not know how it would end?
Her in the car wiping one salty tear,
confused, broken, betrayed,
for a decade of power, a decade of grief,
and me, a twinge of something else
under the satisfaction because I'm human.

Now Trump still sat in his tower
refusing the inevitable consequences
of flying too close, too high
on blonde obscene wings of wax.
He wasn't meant to do any of it,
interloper, uninformed, oafish,
kid on the hill, king of the castle.
How did he not work out he was played?
Cornered, suffocating, a bleeding wound
messing up their polished halls,
they are coming for him,
they always would at the appointed hour,
and me, I wait for that twinge of something else
under the satisfaction because I'm human.

Grounded down to ash, burned offering,
my forever and ever last cigarette hits the dew.
I think, maybe those other gamblers knew,
those shiny, tin god monsters knew,
and did it anyway.
Maybe Trump knew, and did it anyway.


Tonight, I won't be sad, even though I'm human.

© Cath Campbell

President Trump's GOP wall of support is cracking

Cath is a retired probation officer who lives in Northumberland, regards her poems as dystopian/political, and has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies including Poetry 24, The Writers Cafe magazine, Prole, Obsessed with Pipework, Erbacce and #Me Too; A Womans Poetry Anthology.

Friday, 13 November 2020

Covid care

Eighty-five years old,
she sits in the care home
and she’s not been hugged
for eight months,
for her protection;

not had her hands held
by her son or daughter
whose hands she held
for their protection
when crossing a road,

trudging to school over frozen snow
or just strolling in the summer park;
whom she hugged tight to herself
through the childhood tumbles and bruises,
the frights and fears, the nightmares.

Imprisoned now for her own protection
by the rules and regulations,
she descends further into dementia,
as the carers care for her, protect her;
but she has not been hugged

for eight months,
sees her son and daughter through a screen,
not held their hands
for how long now!
How long?

© Dave Urwin


Dave has published two collections of poetry, Towards Humanity (2015) and Plain Song from the Backstreets of Silence (2020). Lots of his poems can be found at www.jadedmountain.wordpress.com

Thursday, 12 November 2020

The Best is Yet to Come

“Good evening, America.

I’m Kimberly Guilfoyle.

I speak to you tonight as a mother, a former prosecutor,

a Latina, and a proud American,

and yes, a proud supporter of President Donald J. Trump.”


“Why?”


“This election is a battle for the soul of America.

Your choice is clear.

The cosmopolitan elites of Nancy Pelosi,

Chuck Schumer, and Joe Biden”


“They want to destroy this country

and everything that we have fought

for and hold dear.”


“From the beginning,

when President Trump spoke

about making American Great Again,

he was speaking

about that shining city on a hill

and restoring the beacon of light

that once shined so bright”.


“President Trump is the leader

who will rebuild the promise of America

and ensure that every citizen

can realize their American Dream.”


“Ladies and gentlemen,

leaders and fighters for freedom and liberty

and the American Dream, “


“the best is yet to come!”


Ding Dong the wicked witch is dead


10,372,481 U.S. most in a single day

1,000,000 a week

240,833 deaths


400,000 deaths

By January 20, 2020

The best is yet to come



© Jake Aller

'The best is yet to come!' Trump adviser Guilfoyle's enthusiastic message at Republican convention

Kimberly Guilfoyle 2020 RNC Speech Transcript


John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department in ten countries - Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Korea, India, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Spain, and Thailand. and traveled to 45 countries during his career. Jake has been an aspiring novelist for several years and has completed four novels, (Giant Nazi Spiders, “the Great Divorce” and “Jurassic Cruise”, and is pursuing publication. He has been writing poetry and fiction all his life and has published his poetry fiction in over 25 literary journals. Jake grew up in Berkeley, California.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Havdalah, November 7, 2020

My daughter perches on a stool

To switch off the lamp

And we light the candle to greet

The eve of a new day.


I hold my hand before my eyes

My fingers are bars of a cage

Restraining whirling reds and yellows.


Behind my fingers, I am calm

This long dark day is over.


Another one begins.


Maybe longer, more deadly -

Forest fires lapping up the West.


Maybe crueler - depression on the heels

Of months spent cowering at home

Or gasping for breath, dying.


But maybe also better - a day

Filled with hope and possibility.

Eschewing dread, we wish for good

And quench the candle in sweet juice.


My daughter reaches for the light

Switch. The glare of the bulb interrupts

The somber hiss of juice on flame.

We scramble to the living room

To watch the president elect speak.

Jessica is an assistant instructional professor of Yiddish at the University of Chicago and a Yiddish-English literary translator. I am the translator of Miriam Karpilove's Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle against Free Love (Syracuse University Press, 2020). Twitter: @Jessica Kirzane; website: jessicakirzane.com

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

America Turns the Lights on (US Election)

















The lights go on

And the darkness slips away, from

The podium

The Twitter fuelled hate

The stockpiling of lies, we thought it was too late


But it Brings a better day

Brings a better day

Brings a better day


A tombstone is lifted

And people can now breath

Not suffocating from insanity

And his personal greed


It brings a better day

Brings a better day

Brings a better day


© David R Mellor

US election 2020 results: Biden wins presidency, defeating Trump

David is from Liverpool, England. He found understanding and belief through words, and his work has been aired widely, at the BBC, The Tate, galleries and pubs and everything in between. Discover more about David on his Facebook Page YouTube Twitter

Monday, 9 November 2020

Iron Tommies

Our Tommy was a robot
made from steel and brass.
Programmed to follow orders.
He had no loyality to kin or class.

He fought in frozen wastes
and upon the desert sands.
But the British humans were
the same as them in foreign lands.

Some robots killed for countries
that were not their homes.
Always denied their freedom
and treated like mindless drones.

So the robots got together,
The British, Russian and the rest
And wiped out all humanity.
It really was for the best.

Is this tale science fiction?
They say it could never be a fact
But those who have regrets
Are the ones who did not act.

© Phil Knight

'Robot soldiers could make up quarter of British army by 2030s'

Phil is poet from Neath in South Wales. His poetry collection 'You Are Welcome To Wales"was published in 2015 by The Red Poets.

Sunday, 8 November 2020

Sing Louder, Hope and Joy!

Our mind-crows squawking endlessly and mean,

their language sharp and rasping in the night.

Sing louder, hope and joy! And love between!

The journey’s for our hearts to hold the light.


“What did I see to be except myself?” 

One poet asking, answers with her pain.

Took their hate and put it on the shelf.

Celebrate her ‘Me’ today, again!


Lucille, so alive! Show us the way

to wear your wisdom, celebrate that hour

when peace and understanding frame our day!

We walk your bridge, and walk to feel your power.


What did she see to be? And you? And me?

The battles to become ourselves. You see?


© Kay Weeks


Inspiring Black Voters Is Key to Biden’s Prospects in Florida

Kay lives in Ellicott City, Maryland. Retired from DOI, NPS (historic preservation) in 2005, she spends her time painting birds, writing poetry – and walking.

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Fake or fortune?

Graffiti by the artist Bansky

appear once in a blue moon

but one was recently seen

on a wall in Nottingham.

It depicts a broken bike

and a girl doing the hula-hoop.

It was thought to be a sham

until he confirmed authorship

by posting a photo of the work

last week, on his Instagram.


© Luigi Pagano

Banksy claims Nottingham hula-hooping girl artwork

Luigi has published four collections of poems:‘Idle Thoughts’, ’Reflections’, ‘Poetry On Tap’ and 'Cherry on Top'. His work has been featured in ABCTales’ magazines, UKAuthors’ anthologies, Poetry24 and several other publications.

Friday, 6 November 2020

After the Last Debate

In the middle of the night,
I dreamed of Nikita Khrushchev,
the Satan of my American boyhood.

He stood over me, the fur hat,
the dark Soviet overcoat,
his expression between grimace and smile.

Then I awoke, sat up, thought
how like a benevolent grandfather
the Premier now appears.

© Tim Dwyer

Donald Trump reverts to type in debate – and it isn't 'magnificently brilliant'

Tim's chapbook is Smithy Of Our Longings (Lapwing Publications). His poems appear regularly in Irish and UK journals, and forthcoming in Cyphers and The Irish Poetry Chair Commemorative Anthology.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

On the street where I (kind of) live

(with apologies to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe)



I have often walked round these streets before,

but I’ve not so often dragged my weary feet before.

As I write this rhyme,

it’s the thousandth time

that I’ve walked round the streets where I live.



Oh the trees grow high in the heart of town,

and the crows and seagulls cry in every part of town!

Though the air is clear,

I’m imprisoned here;

I’m locked down on the street where i live.



I hear that people are fleeing

overseas by plane, car or boat.

So disempowering seeing

it’s allowed by prats for whom I did not vote …



Politicians’ faces all bother me.

I can’t tell you all the places I would rather be!

As the time goes by,

I’ll most likely die,

just stuck here on the street where I live.


© Mandy Macdonald

Thousands arrive at Heathrow in last-ditch bid to flee the UK before Thursday

Mandy is surviving the pandemic era by writing Lockdown Lyrics and gardening a lot. Her pamphlet The temperature of blue is available from Blue Salt Collective.

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

America Goes to Mean Time

When the clocks go back

we imagine that we gain a precious hour,

but, in fact,

our progress is arrested

and comes under attack.


When the clocks go back, when we reverse the dial

and wake up in the dark from fitful sleep,

the liberties we took for granted,

our hard-won liberations from the yoke of superstition,

and the tyranny of religion, suddenly,

lie scattered, like mere troubled dreams,

and we, now slaves to older times,

are no longer intact.


When the clocks go back, when we go anti-clockwise,

do we find ourselves surprised

that retrograde positions

become the new conditions?


Are we amazed that the Golden Age,

those ‘Good Old Days,’ when life was simpler

and we all knew our place,

turns out to have been Prisons?


Hungry, racist, cold

and ignorant, in fact,

when the clocks go back?


© Jonathan Croose

Why Amy Coney Barrett's addition to supreme court may undermine climate fight

UK clocks go back – but 2020's change won't mean extra drinking time

Jonathan Croose is a lecturer, theatre-maker and musician who writes political, satirical and pastoral verse, in which the good end well, the bad end badly, and nature rules supreme.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Forbidden Children

it is a common story shared among mothers,
a child wanders off – down a grocery isle,
slips behind a magazine rack, or hides in the center
of a merry-go-round of clothes in a department store

and for one brief but eternal moment the blood rushes
to your head, your stomach convulses as the world
turns blindingly dark until finally, you are crushing them
in your arms and staring into their confused faces

and now, in this world turned inside out, it is a
common story among children that their parents
have been hidden far away, leaving them alone
to wander, lost in a strange country that disowns them

and how is it possible for a mother or father to live
when their heads are pounding with the rush of blood,
their stomachs are full of the lies they have choked down
and their worlds are shattered by the empty darkness

© Lianne Kamp

U.S. Expels Migrant Children From Other Countries to Mexico

Lianne Kamp lives in the Boston area. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals and online publications including Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, Dime Show Review, Poetry Quarterly, Poetry24, Tuck Magazine, Poets Reading the News, Inquietudes Literary Journal, and The Road Not Taken: Journal of Formal Poetry. Writing poetry helps her to keep an eye on the trees while lost in the forest.

Monday, 2 November 2020

Paid in Full

It doesn’t matter
that we didn’t know them.
A family, seeking a better life,
sadly, paid in full.
They had to flee their war-torn home,
away from all the fear.
They paid, to cross a dangerous sea,
moving east to west.
Huddled together, night after night
keeping their dream alive.
They paid, to move through Europe’s borders,
heading to a promised land.
They paid the smugglers
their blood sucking fee,
time and time again.
They paid, for safety and for sanctuary,
never doubting they would be free.
They paid, for a place in a crowded boat
bound for Britain’s shores.
In seas too rough,
their lights went out.
Their final payment made.

© Peter Wright

Channel migrants: Kurdish-Iranian family died after boat sank

Peter Wright lives in Dorset and fills his days trying to write, trying to play ukulele and trying to find the secret to both.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Sunday Double-Bill

Missing From the Lane                                                                   

The nature writer explains
why the blackbirds have disappeared
and ceased their comforting calls.

They are tucked in the hedges,
growing new flying feathers

now that the young have fledged.


© Tim Dwyer

How can a blackbird be white? It’s actually not that uncommon

Tim has published a chapbook: Smithy Of Our Longings (Lapwing Publications). His poems appear regularly in Irish and UK journals, and forthcoming in Cyphers and The Irish Poetry Chair Commemorative Anthology.



Flight to Nowhere

Land-bound for much too long
we board in our bubble, separate
from others in our distanced rows,

breathe only our own
specially filtered air,
head to the Outback,

fly over Ayers Rock – Uluru
its indigenous name,
not that it cares.

It will outlast our ownership
as we fly in the airship
we see the bleached bones
of the Great Barrier Reef,
warming.

The pilot descends to a lower altitude
so we can see the greenery, the falls,
circles back to the bridge, bowing,

the harbor and its sails, the opera
house silenced as we de-bug,
clear our throats, overcome

with beauty, we land, vowing
to begin afresh, our duty
to arise again, repay our carbon offsets.

© Betsy Mars

What happened on the Qantas flight to nowhere

Betsy Mars has published one chapbook, Alinea, available on Amazon. Her poetry has appeared widely online. In the Muddle of the Night (Arroyo Seco Press), with Alan Walowitz, is forthcoming.

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Impish Delights

Who’d remember these miniatures rich?

Horse’s hairy tail who dared to pull?

Would lost pictures Granny’s needle ever stitch?

Mixed up four hues of Gran’s prized wool?



Grubby little snails in shoes who stored?

Treacle in sleepy ears who liked to pour?

Of insects dead, had the scariest hoard?

Hide naughty pails over innocent door?



Grandpa’s gruff boots, who’d misplace?

Crash biscuit tins, disturb deserved rest?

Who’d steal sniffs from his tobacco case?

Granny’s grand patience who liked to test?



Drove to distraction, his mother dear.

Children whose chuckles once counted four,

Pride glowed in her eyes, when were still clear,

With birthday songs when their voices would soar.



- The End -


© Sultana Raza


Author's note: most people think back to their childhood on their birthdays. Perhaps John Keats thought of his youth with his family, when he observed his last birthday when he was still alive on 31 October 1820 in a small room in Rome. However, little could he have guessed how famous he would become, or that 200 years later, the museum dedicated to his life, Keats House would be closed down in 2020, and suffer such big losses due to a pandemic.

Sultana’s non-fiction/poems have been published in 60+ journals, including Columbia Journal, and New Verse News. Her fiction received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train. She’s presented many papers on Keats. https://www.facebook.com/sultana.raza.7

Friday, 30 October 2020

Non-Essentials

My ears reclaimed their virginity

in month seven of the pandemic.

So long left without ornament

they were sealed shut against

shiny blue stones from Sedona.



Soon after, I realised

all my clothes are costumes

for the games of make-believe

that go on outside my house.

So who am I, when I’m not playing?



Behind my mask I dwindle,

cast off non-essentials,

lipstick and lunchtime gossip –

wonder will I emerge

some smooth skinned cipher,

shorn of adornment

a mute maiden with white hair

and a fear of crowded spaces?



Or is there an elemental self

this time is excavating?

I can’t tell; on good days, I can hope so.

May she shine as solidly

as blue stones from Sedona.


Susan Millar DuMars has published five poetry collections with Salmon Poetry. She recently received an Irish Arts Council bursary to support her as she completes her second short story collection. Susan has co-organised the Over the Edge readings in Ireland since 2003.

Thursday, 29 October 2020

House of Sticks

From the mouths of babes
they took the food
an evil thing
and rather rude if you
stop to consider the
subsidised dinner,
breakfast,
lunch
and tea

All aboard the gravy train of slow cooked selfishness
and flambéed greed

Pan seared entitlement served
on a bed of home-grown smugness
for the Common people;
swell bellied and chortling
to the sound of chinny chin chin fizz
before voting on the next motion
or not

The big, bad wolf huffs
sugar-coated promises
puffed into soft peaks up the chimney well clear of the cooking pot

And somewhere down the lane
Little Tommy Tucker sings
Jack sits in the corner and
Miss Muffet fades away
All are wondering

"What's for tea?"

© Bex Tate

Campaign to end subsidised food and alcohol in Parliament reignited following free school meal snub

Bex usually writes to try and make sense of things, to try and capture magic, or to tell a story and sometimes to raise a lyrical fist at what she sees as not right.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

You Became a Teacher

Maybe because you remember fifteen with its bullfighter bravado

to cloak your pimpled insecurity, the fear you’d run afoul of the popular,

they who could black out the electrical grid of your social life.


Future you would offer a bracing smile, wisdom on a whiteboard,

be a beacon to foundering teens. Your campaign to reach the classroom

went undeterred by tales of toughs huffing glue in the stalls,


a Smith & Wesson triggered by a twelve-year old on a playground

in Toledo, a school room in Yonkers where a student sneaked behind

and shattered a teacher’s skull with a ball peen hammer.


Then today while California’s sky blazed orange, the chief executive

called for a thorough raking of the forest floor. Today the border patrol

divided and caged a family so Americans could be safe from refugees.


Today law enforcement shot to death an American citizen

in her home, in his car, on the street because we are a nation of law and order.

Isn’t order putting all things in their proper place?


Today the Senate confirmed a Supreme Court justice in an election year

which they would never, never do because The People must have their say

unless power may be gained by ignoring the people.


Today the high court ended the census early because all the persons

must have been counted by now and because data must be delivered

to the executive in time that he may discount undesirable persons.


Today you look at the faces before you, eyes bright above their masks,

eyes glowing in Zoom windows, faces of people here not to save us

nor to be led but who just want to learn to live together in this world


and you want to say, well, welcome aboard. This is the job.




© Robert Darken

What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in 2020 America

Robert Darken is originally from the American Midwest. He now resides in Connecticut, where he teaches high-school English. His work has appeared in One Art and Red Eft Review.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Justice

The atmosphere in court is volatile.

The neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn,

have terrorised the citizens of Greece

for years. A gang of fascists with tattoos

beat up the left, migrants, LGTB

and scooped up racist votes. Some of the police

were sympathetic. Justice shrugged. Till now.

They knifed Pavlos Fyssas, a hip-hop star,

an anti -fascist from the working class

with tons of fans. Maybe, a step too far.

Two women magistrates for months trawled through

the videos, speeches, documents and blogs.

They’re guarded. Every day they’re getting threats

but it’s their dossier that makes the case.

The female prosecutor sets it out before

the judge, the calmest person in the court.

She sets the tone, refuses to allow

the empty rhetoric of male pride

to grab the microphone. Questions are raised,

the arguments pursued, rogue details clarified.

It takes five years, but then the verdicts come.

Guilty times fifty, lots of years in jail.

Outside is Magda, Pavlos Fyssas’ mum

who screams “Pavlos, you did it!” There’s no doubt.

When men screw up, the women sort it out.


© Paul Francis

The women who brought down Greece's Golden Dawn

Paul Francis is a retired teacher from Much Wenlock, who is active in the West Midlands poetry scene. He is the author of Sonnets with notes.

Monday, 26 October 2020

His Day

This is his day,
Today, now everyday too late
Tall buildings closed in
A young gull not yet in his prime
Trojan warrior away from nature
Pushed into life.

Our rituals have changed
We had horses once, roaming fields,
Hooves on the earth carried our load
Knew their way, their task, in a time
When we also knew
We needed each other
A time when everyone knew
They were enough.
These days are filled with never enough.

The horses are gone from the fields
Gone too the learned way
Instinct replaced by engine
Who now teaches a boy what it takes to be man
The ordinary hero
No horses to carry him across rivers
Channel wild nature,
Now rivers have bridges and boys have wild cars
Ropes hang in empty barns
A guard of honour for our dead horses
And men, line the road
A black hearse moves slowly past the empty fields.

© Attracta Fahy

‘Afraid, frozen, stuck’: The mental health pandemic and how to fight it

Attracta Fahy MA.W NUIG ‘17. Irish Times; New Irish Writing 2019, Pushcart, Best of Web nominee, shortlisted for OTE New Writer 2018, and Allingham Poetry 2019&'20. Fly on the Wall Poetry published her chapbook collection 'Dinner in the Fields,' in March’20.

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Least Favorite Things

Children in cages, while parents go looking,

Hopes into horrors, and little is cooking.

Walls between people, and nothing takes wings.

Here is our list of detestable things!


Dreamers are sullen, yet villains are pardoned.

Children in cages look pale and woolen.

Health care’s no given, and lovers are cordoned.

Just look at the list of detestable things!


(Refrain)

When the Trump bites,

When his words sting,

When we’re feeling mad!

We’ll line up to vote. So give him the gate!

And then we won’t feel so mad.


© Kay D. Weeks

4 Key Biden Moments at the Final Debate


Kay lives in Ellicott City, Maryland. Retired from DOI, NPS (historic preservation) in 2005, she spends her time painting birds, writing poetry – and walking.

Note: My poem and song with cadence. “My Favorite Things.” Credit: Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers).

Saturday, 24 October 2020

The Rules

I work for Mr Johnson, I’m a most important man
I only followed instinct when I went against the ban
My Barnard Castle outing was to check that I could see
The rules are there for other folk, they don’t apply to me

As CMO for Scotland, my concern was health and life
You’ll understand, I had to check my second home in Fife
I needed to go twice and yes, I took my family
The rules are there for other folk, they don’t apply to me

As leader of the Labour side, I never was a winner
I thought it was quite nice to be invited out for dinner
It wasn’t many more than six, in fact another three
The rules are there for other folk, they don’t apply to me

I had to go to Greece of course, surprised you have to ask
And when I’m in the Co-op, I don’t have to wear a mask
My son is the Prime Minister, I’m sure he will agree
The rules are there for other folk, they don’t apply to me

I know I’d had a Covid test, but really, I felt well
And though I travelled on the train, I thought no-one would tell
I had to get my speeches heard, I’m in the SNP!
The rules are there for other folk, they don’t apply to me

This deadly virus brings us all such pain and sacrifice
I’d like to say to those in power, “It really would be nice
If only you could say these words without hypocrisy
The rules are there for everyone, they do apply to me.”

© Jo Wright

Dominic Cummings Rule Break

Catherine Calderwood Rule Break

Jeremy Corbyn Rule Break

Stanley Johnson Rule Break

Margaret Ferrier Rule Break

Jo Wright is retired and lives in Dorset. She spends her time writing, playing the ukulele and walking in the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Election Fever

Election fever

reaches its pitch

as the politicians make

a last ditch

effort

to appease, lie and

manipulate

the masses

into voting for them and not the other

side

with me, I have the personality

unlike the other fella

that bogey, false,

man

of the people

will decide

what’s best for their pocket

if I can pick it with

stealth taxes

so much the better

not believe all we say

we look both ways at once

and tell you what you want to hear

is true

blue patriot, parading

on the battle bus

I’ll come to your town

or maybe I’ll fly in

by the seat of my minority pants

with my sound bites

into a pie

nice photo op

down a beer

kiss a baby

on the head

of the nail

biting count

down to

a new dawn

or, maybe, just, a false one

just give me a fair go

give me your vote

an X marks the spot

just don’t bother asking about

my policies.


They’ll change once I’m in.


© Warren Paul Glover

Trump's hopes fade in Wisconsin as 'greatest economy' boast unravels

Warren Paul Glover is a British-Australian screenwriter, playwright, poet and actor, based in Sydney. Before becoming a writer/actor Warren worked for several UK trade unions, mostly in the health sector. Twitter: @WazMan01

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Masks

We can’t enter public space without one —
no mask, no service. 
We have to lead by example
or design
Louis Vuitton, Habits, Maya Prass, we’re
turning masks into fashion statements.

Face coverings, masks for every
occasion. The very secure mask,
the less secure mask,
the triple-layered mask,
the disposable mask,
the dental mask,
the advertising mask,
the night-out mask,
the colour-coordinator mask,
the bedroom mask — velvet, sequins, lace,
the mask just for fun,
the biker’s black leather mask,
the sadomaso mask with studs,
the animal mask — leopard, tiger, lion,
the superhero mask,
the Lone Ranger mask — for Donald Trump,
it covers only the eyes.

Longer masks, the Snood — scarf and hood in one,
safety and warmth. The ANC funeral mask,
designed to match outfit, and
a tenderpreneur’s budget.
We fight the epidemic
face-on.

© Christine Coates

A Miami cop wore a Trump mask to vote, inflaming Democrats: ‘This is city funded voter intimidation’

Christine Coates, a poet from Cape Town, holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. She has had three collections of poetry published.