SONNETS ON WAR AND RACISM


SACROSANCT


War spending is deemed to be sacrosanct.
For this, the whole war machine to be thanked.
Jingo, so war objectors are outflanked.
War paid for on credit. Only debt banked.


Of course, there’s the arms industrialists,
whose manufacture has to be replaced.
And, of course, there are the militarists,
for whom violence arranged to their taste.


Politicians, in their putative state,
father, in ignorance, their power play.
Blame enemies. Theirs …, do not contemplate.
For News Business, as well, it makes their day.


At paying the price, though, they walk away.
It’s sacrosanct. We’re the ones made to pay.



“YES, WE DID … AND …”


Barak Obama, sullen, “Yes, we did
some bad things.” A pause, then animated
“but a lot of good, too.” Puts on a lid.
Only torture victims devastated.


Strikes me a criminal might say the same.
Even for a murderer, could make sense.
If this sort of deflection is the game,
know here as ‘the Jimmy Saville defence’.


Child molesters, torturers, similar.
As their crimes are crimes without exception.
Hold to account. Deal with proper rigour.
After verdict, mitigation mention.


But it does not outweigh the wrongdoing;
the grievousness legally eschewing.



“WE CAME … WE SAW … HE DIED.”


I would not want her as a visitor,
especially were I in hospital.
Hilary Clinton’s to whom I refer.
Cackled, ‘though what she said not comical.


Thought as funny “we came … we saw … he died.”
Gloating in the murder of Gaddafi.
In illegal regime change, she took pride.
‘Whatever US does, right’ fantasy.


American consul in Bengazi
also murdered, and thousands of others.
Failed State. Extremists and warlords party,
whilst the ordinary Libyan suffers.


To glory in such killing, amoral.
Same as fanatics, with manner brutal.



THIS NEW FORM OF BITTER FRUIT


America, land of impunity
for the white cops killing black citizens.
Broken justice gives them immunity
for murder, declaring their innocence.


Not even have to face prosecution.
Grand Jury loophole for the cop killers.
Racism in the law institutions.
Crumbling part of society’s pillars.


Illegal hold used, therefore criminal.
Strangulation, the murderous action.
Default … acquittal. It’s subliminal.
Deliberate, though, police state reaction.


Not the first, this new form of bitter fruit
with justice crushed under the system’s boot.



COLLATERAL DAMAGE


The name given, ‘collateral damage’,
to hurt and death caused to civilians
in acts of war. Unfortunate carnage.
Authorised in distant pavilions


and excused as though simple accidents.
But these are real people who’ve been murdered.
Women, children and the old. Innocents.
Of course, the targets would have been preferred.


The way of such responsibility
is, with authority, then unpunished.
The victims were of war activity,
thoughts of which, when peace, want to diminish.


But, war leaders’ criminal to extreme.
Their defence, arms length. ‘Was the country’s team’.



THE DREGS OF SLAVERY


The bitter dregs of slavery remain.
Racial murders in the United States.
Black men for white police, the enemy.
Brutal treatment the cops initiate.


Still very prominent, segregation.
Poverty vastly disproportionate.
In many ways, too, discrimination.
And for justice, blacks way less fortunate.


Prison, drugs, crime, jobs, there’s a lot unfair.
Repression to keep them down; in their place.
However much despair, rich whites don’t care.
And hateful white trash, too, are in their face.


The police race murders, though, are the fact
which proves slavery’s curse remains intact.



AT LEAST 135 CHILDREN KILLED BY BOMBING


They deserve the name ‘Saudi Israelis’,
indiscriminately killing children.
Muslims, like Jews, acting disgracefully.
The Yemen, … Gaza … , it’s bombs that kills them.


Oil-rich, weapons-rich, and powerful.
Drive at ease in their Rolls or Mercedes.
Whilst upon the neighbours, their bombs do fall
The Kingdom’s rulers ‘Saudi Israelis’.


Pejorative toward the potentates,
Because murdered hundreds of innocents.
Disgrace at their crimes should reverberate,
but the West will not want to give offence.


I don’t think so easily erases.
It’s why I call them ‘Saudi Israelis’.



TERROR TUESDAY


Terror Tuesday. The regular meeting.
President Obama’s conclave of death.
In terms of murder, it takes some beating.
It’s what it’s all about, every breath.


Hit-list, assassinations approval.
By drones, special forces, the CIA.
Once listed, little chance of removal,
except, of course, in the permanent way.


Lawyers and clerks will have pre-seen the names.
Reviewed one-sided narrative for each.
On it, all terrorists it’s ascertained.
Approved for death. No trial. No free speech.


Americans, too, for execution.
Suspicion enough for retribution.



ANOTHER POEM ABOUT IRAQ


War criminals think they’re exceptional
Believe it’s God-given, order to kill.
Their force, then, not accountable at all.
Simply justified, their murderous will.


War crimes commit, must never be punished.
Just the way it was, proves their innocence.
Others caused trouble. Through their role, finished.
Might is their certain means of influence.


And inhumanity, very human.
Forever been done, with great frequency.
After, gives chance for new start; for new man.
Never mind that spawned in indecency.


‘though consequences, for those who loved, last,
the guilty protected for their bloodbath.



HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI


The most wicked of U.S. presidents
was Harry S Truman, without a doubt.
Plenty of them for whom claim would make sense.
For many, war, what seemed to be about.


But the dropping of the atomic bomb
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
was evil way beyond a simple wrong.
It even went beyond catastrophe.


All of those people eviscerated.
Cities destroyed under a mushroom cloud.
Justifications, warped minds created,
so nuclear arms races, on, unbowed.


Truman’s stain, more than an atrocity.
Death’s advance payment for humanity.



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