Days Like These
I have put these poems (and a few stories) together because they share some themes...
This is an old one, from well before "President Trump" became a distinct possibility. Looking back at it now, I think it shows the ground where such wild weeds can grow...
Image source http://thenauticalphotographer.blogspot.com.es/2014/04/the-spectre-of-br... BTW I haven't spelt Broken wrong, Brocken is in the Harz Mountains...
A tiny square of printed circuit holds measurements and calibrations. DNA and iris scan, digitised fingerprints proclaim identity. I was born in...
this... just this... Picture from http://www.charleslindbergh.com/americanfirst/ A quote from that site: " If any one of these groups--the British, the Jewish, or the administration--stops agitating for war, I believe there will be little danger of our involvement. " Charles Lindbergh- September 11, 1941 Best avoided.
Why what Germany does will matter, and why it might not be good... For my own part, I do not accept that sexual assaults on a minority of women are an acceptable consequence of immigration. I am aware that some of the Cologne assaults were committed by 2nd generation citizens. Note, I do not advocate restriction of movement. I would advocate the prosecution to the fullest extent of perpetrators of this kind of crime whatever their circumstances. Whose side do you take? Do you understand the woman in this story?
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel... and what scoundrels we elect. Those who would wrap themselves in the flag should remember that for many it is a burial shroud...
Inspired by an @salenagodden tweet on twitter today... We have such short memories... Image by oxfam international, licensed for non-commercial re-use
Title is borrowed from a Frank Zappa song, a staple of his live shows throughout his career, written originally in 1967 after the Chicago riots... this poem was written this morning and will not be performed live ever. A line is quoted from the song.
The title is from an Op Ed piece in the sundays today. Likely to offend. Just like a film called "Four Lions" did. Neither poetry nor prose, but I hesitate to say prosetry. Monologue.
It is what it is... this is mid way between found poetry and allusion (or Ezra and Tom's Thievery) anyway...
The echoes vibrate, we detach ourselves, admiring the sleek lines of the train, preferring diesel-electric over steam. We forget the carriages and...
Posted on another site on the 6th of February 2015, over 2 years ago. Not so ephemeral, after all.
I'll stop soon... Companion piece to "Mysteries and Secrets", although everything in "Days Like These" has associated themes... (He wrote, hopefully). Image is gif, usage acc. wikipedia commons.
hmm... another vignette of the horror show on the other side of the Atlantic. picture wikimedia commons.
I voted by post a while ago... For all the difference a drop can make... Image source is http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/ licence is creative commons CC0
Lex Talionis: as out of date as the books which quote it. image is used in accordance/as required on its wikipedia commons page. Photographer Sven Storbeck
I'm seen as stand-offish, because I don't actually join in these conversations at all... image released into the public domain by Magalhães at nl.wikipedia
Image made with imgflip. by author. The words are Jonathan Swift's. Where is the genius? I can see where the confederacy is...
"It seems that every day, is just another rotten mess, people say it's gonna end soon, but when it will I can only guess" More Trouble Every Day Frank Zappa 1967. Image is free stock image from http://www.freestockphotos.biz/stockphoto/15715
Read it out in the manner of Christopher Ecclestone reading Evidently Chickentown... clean the mirror afterwards. Image from Pixabay Free for commercial use, no attribution required CC0 Creative Commons
The title? You'll have to read it to see what that means... Picture is the Bridge at Belleek, which will form part of a hard UK Eire border, should it come to that. Source is wikipedia commons.
Fake-news pioneer Paul Horner, whose hoaxes drew international attention on the Internet and during the 2016 presidential election, died in Phoenix on Sept. 18, officials confirmed. He was 38. Image photographer: Alan Stark used in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic
Topical, huh... yesterday's chip paper... Image is wikipedia commons... Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Generic
How many more times? Think of a number... Bold lines are a paraphrasing of Numbers 1:4 Image is wikipedia commons. Used in accordance with CC 3.0: image is by Kris 1123
one more for "Days Like These" Image used in accordance with Creative Commons 4.0 : source Wikipedia Commons owner Venus Juanda
No more heroes, any more... (or we need to talk about KevinS) This image is in the public domain in the United States because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 without a copyright notice . Source Wikipedia Commons.
2 of the required 7 layers, if lucky... Image is a collage of two separate Pixabay.com images used in accordance with CC0 licence.
New York, 31 Oct/1 Nov 2017 Image is collage made from two images taken from Wikipedia Commons. Paint pellets Qz10 in acc w/CC A-SA 3.0 BB slugs Ari x in acc w/CC A-SA 3.0
Never sure whether to laugh or cry... Image from Pixabay, no attribution required. Licence CC0
More for "Days Like These"... walk on by... Image is from the British Museum and is in the public domain. I suggest you read that poem instead :-D
I say, I say, I say: when did you last hear a joke start like that? When the cheeky chappie tossed his career off a cliff. Remember the old Python...
This the last thing to be posted in "Days Like These" (stop cheering at the back). image is in the Public Domain as it is an image produced by a US Govt department
Minor edit and picture added Jan 17 It's not about how willing you are to give up your freedom, it's how willing you are to give up mine. Image was last used by the 'IMPERIAL FASCIST LEAGUE' ; this British Fascist Movement was led by Arnold Spencer Leese and operated from 1928 until 1939. I expect they won't be reading this.
Read carefully. If you are offended by the contents of the links in the footnote, then perhaps you haven't understood the poem, that's my fault. Image source Wikipedia Commons and is out of copyright.
The flower is an Anemone... a symbol of forlorn hope, some say... Image is from Pixabay and licence is CC0 with no requirement for attribution
You can either read this first, or read it after... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/10/style/the-man-who-knew-too-little.html It may not make any difference Image is from pixabay.com and licence is CC0
Topical, allusory. Walk on by. Image is from maxpixel.com and licence is CC0 Minor edits Sat 24 March 2018
Atop Pike's Peak Margaret wrote a poem: sure are crowning their good with brotherhood, nowadays, huh? Image is CC0 from Pixabay.
Capra is one of my favourite directors, but I don't think many politicians have watched his films. Image source is wikipedia commons and in the public domain. WIP 0830 edited 7 Dec 2018:
What it says... WIP Image is from the National Archives at College Park [Public domain]
Political, pass by, if you like. Image published in book authored by Bernhard Rogge - Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77201586
you'll have to read it to find out then, won't you? Image is from pixabay, no attribution required
12 years and little has changed... The last two stanzas, which I've never been happy with, changed. Image By R-41 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, source Wikipedia Commons
What it says on the tin. Relieved now, aren't you? Image source is wikipedia.org used in accordance with fair use attribution , https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17602459
I think we might... image created/colourised by Cassowary Colorisations licence is CC2.0
yeah, well... image is copyright John Garghan https://www.flickr.com/photos/johngarghan/14897236961 licence is CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
nothing new here, carry on... (Carry On... now there's an idea, Carry On Leaving. Politics as double entendre). Anyway, as the image used is from The New European's downloadable Brexit Horror Masks, one would assume permission to use it here is implied, since they don't mind if I download a copy to wear.
Just effing read it. (I snarled) Image is in the public domain. Source wikipedia commons.
Well then, the government will be sending out a "What to Do in the Event of No Deal" leaflet. I expect it will be as useful as the old "Duck and Cover" campaign, eh? Image out of copyright source wiki commons.
yeah well, sticks and stones and all that... sure... Image source is flicker https://www.flickr.com/photos/londonmatt/27634194840 photo by Matt Brown used in acc. w/ Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Well,you know... Days like these.. Image from Kenneth Clarke's Twitter account copyright TheBrexitComic.com (worth a visit).
An old one I found hidden down the back of a Dropbox folder... image is PD used in acc with CC0.
Oh yes, still banging on about this kind of thing... Image from flicker.com. No known copyright issues, part of internet book archive, original source 1903 edition of Tragedy of King Lear.
A bagatelle, don't bother if you don't feel like it. I took the photo, so I'm using it.
Ah yes... well. It's what's happening, so I can't avoid writing about it. No-one's forcing you to read it though. Image source Pixabay.com public domain.
Compliments of the season. Image attribution and licence Jim Champion / Christmas lights on Lyndhurst High Street, New Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0
Let's hope it doesn't turn out like this. Image by De Windstoot, in the Public Domain as it's such old art.
The planned 500,000 dwellings will go ahead: these will all be affordable housing, subject to credit and criminal record checks . The 50,000 nurses...
Silly. However, ridicule is the only weapon some of us have. Image concocted by the Doggerelist from PD Elements...
Ah... well... it is what it is... Image created by me. Please look at the Nuevo Realismo section on Antonio Berni's wikivisually page
What it says... image is by rept0n1x source: wikipedia commons. Used under:- Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Well, I am... Image has been released into the public domain by George Hodan (publicdomainpictures.net)
...because I always write something, around this time of year, about this. Because it did happen, and still happens, in a less methodical way. Because to those who say, 'it can't happen here', I say it can. Original image by xiquinhosilva, fiddled with by author. Source wiki-commons. Used under licence CC2.0-Attribution.
No explanation needed, surely? Picture is from pxhere.com and is free to use. CC0 PD
I'm sure you'll work it out. It's less a rabbit-hole, more a rabid-hole that we've gone down. Image in PD, source is https://spartacus-educational.com/PRmosley.htm
Part one is just called "Powerhousing": it comes before this one. I'm sure you'll find it if it's that important to you. image created by mar_d @ pixabay.com CC2.0 A
Fairly self-explanatory. Inspired by a book by a fellow Unbound author and Guardian journalist. Author's permission for image use requested.
I won't be engaging with any comments on this piece, just so you know. The more patience we have, the fewer patients there will be. Pandemonium and Pandemic have their roots in Ancient Greek Image is in the Public Domain, source Wikipedia Commons.
Rant. Please note the title contains the words every thing, rather than everything Image is in the public domain, painted by Francis Danby, an Irish romantic artist of the 19th century.
I think you know what this is about. Image Alan Splodge used in acc w. CC-SA International 4.0
I'm sure you'll work it out. image source wiki commons, created by Treehill, licence CC-SA 4.0
Just listen to yourselves. (I'm talking to you). Image source flickr.com, photographer Ian Patterson. Licence CC2.0 BY SA
when the music takes you strange places await... image source distractionsoflola.tumbler.com no known copyright issues
Nearly a hundred years of lies. Image source is https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/chm/research/current/nhshistory/e... It's from 1929, so I'm sure it's out of copyright.
Every week or so Ilkley Literature Festival's web-site runs a Creative Writing Challenge called Be All Write. via its Facebook page. I enter from time to time. This week the challenge is to write a poem about The Last (Wo)Man on Earth. https://www.facebook.com/ilkleylitfest/ Anyway, this is mine. Picture author LeBanc (pixabay.com) licence CC.2.0
Best read alongside this, or not. You can do as you like, after all https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/isle-hendiadys Image is free for non-commercial use from pixabay.com
I was going to call this a rant, but only because I couldn't find "Howl of Existential Rage" as a category. So I'll say it's one of Miss Sal A. Neous's. Image created by author from PD elements.
And a Sisyphean task it is... image source wikipedia commons, but I fiddled with it a bit... used under CCA_SA 4.0 licence image photograph: Earlyspatz
It's derived from Pataphysics, it's more than a metaphor. Pataphysics is a fore-runner - not to say a strand - of surrealism. There, that's my title justified. Image is a screenshot, is it my copyright or wikipedia.org's? Good question. I take full responsibility.
I have the feeling that I've seen everything, but failed to notice the elephants. (Anton Chekhov) Image source Pixabay Photographer Rob Glenister.
Freewrite, checked for spelling and grammar. Image source Pinterest.com. no known copyright issues.
*With thanks to Kevin Bloody Wilson, who coined the acronymous term some 18 years ago AFAIK. It's very suitable for SM, LOL https://youtu.be/SKBct77-nYY (contains swearing). Image: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) dedicated to the Public Domain by Glenn Carstens Peters.
Not very subtle. Image is by Rory112233 source is wikipedia commons licence CC-SA by 4.0, I have edited it.
This started as a sausage story, (you could always look it up) written a few years ago on Holocaust Day. *Best read between the two poems linked in the footnote.
"Talk, talk, talk, it's only talk, Elephant Talk" King Crimson Image tinkered with by author from PD imagery.
If I explain it... well let's just say poems are like jokes, explain them and they don't work. CCA-SA 3.0 Licence Source Wikipedia SiGarb ( talk | contribs )
It's not night-time, it's not midsummer, but this dream is a nightmare. Licence CCA-2.0 source wikipedia.org. creator Matt Brown
I think you'll work it out. image source wiki-commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International
Likely to offend. There are two sides to every debate, it would be nice if there were common ground in the middle, rather than just No Man's Land. Image by Thomas Nugent source: Wikipedia. Licence CC by SA 2.0
Aren't social media great? The Addicks is the nickname of a London-based football club. Picture is of a Spoons called - appropriately enough - Spouter's Corner Image source is from flicker.com: the licence is CC-SA 2.0 and, by a charming coincidence, the photographer is one Ewan Munro.
Yes, it's a rant, nothing new here. It's not subtle, but like I said, it's a rant... Oh, and satire. Levelling up? Dream on. Image source flicker.com. Licence CC2.0 attribution: Diego Sideburns
I have played and followed sport all my life. I am thrilled by the endeavour, skill and sheer bloody-mindedness it takes to be the best at any sport. I just can't see the point of these Olympics, which are devalued by how they will be conducted. I really think a cancellation would have been better. Thousands of disappointed Olympian athletes, I know, but still... Image from wiki-commons fiddled with by me. Licence: CC BY 2.0
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Image from Public Domain Pictures CC-PD 1.0
I actually wrote this for a different numbered anniversary. Found it today and changed one letter to a capital. [See if you can guess which. A puzzle too, eh?] I may record it if I get around to it. Image is used in acc. w/ CC-by SA 2.0
Books were burned in Canada [Canada!] last week. In protest at depictions of indigenous peoples. Now, I'm not defending these depictions and if Canada's school libraries want to remove Tintin and others from their shelves, that's fine. I just disagree with people burning books, because people who burn books, as a better writer than me once said, often end up burning people. Anyway, here's this. I wrote it last time I got wound up about book burning.