Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Red Lines and White House

In the darkness with a great bundle of grief the people march. 
In the night, and overhead a shovel of stars for keeps, the people march: Where to? What next?
'The People will Live On' - Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)  

President and the President's men
have drawn a Red Line
and someone has crossed it 
with chemical death 

and soon 
they'll be punished 

or so we've been told. 

someone now ask 
the President's men 
about their nation's weapons
and those chemical deaths  
from depleted uranium 
and agent of orange
(once even plutonium)
and nobody 
drawing there a red line
on behalf of the babies 
and children
and those generations 
of victims
affected. Perhaps the press 

in the House 
and the President's men 
don't want us to focus 
too closely 
on them . . . 

It goes without saying, or it should do, that the civilized way forward, if any progress is ever going to be made in these matters, is to arrest those suspected of being responsible for the latest atrocity, and this may include the manufacturers and distributors of such chemical weapons,  and to deliver all these people to an appropriate court of justice and there present the evidence. Russia and the USA should now work together to achieve this end. It won't be easy. But it is a beginning.


  1. Pity Obama hasn't got a blog Gwil - you could do worse than send him a copy of this poem. Isn't it strange how politicians can always twist words and situations for their own ends.

  2. I understand the British parliament is going to vote on this matter. Let's hope they make the right decision. Funny how the politicians and their warmongers forgot to mention the million refugees in Syria from the Iraq war and the tragedy of the deformed and sick children due to the depleted uranium dust.

  3. Common sense prevails in British Parliament. Brits vote No to war. Our warmongering PM should resign.


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