Daily Archives: March 12, 2016

Voting for War by Rob Cullen

I am not a silent poet

So they’ve voted for our safety and to go to war
and the dead are walking the land once more
and the dead are standing again at the door
standing there, looking, waiting once more
they were the ones who went out to the war
now they are standing waiting for the ones
who are going where they’d been once before,
waiting, waiting for the dead to return once more.
and the dead are standing again at the door
standing there, looking, waiting once more.

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For Mohamed Bashir al Aani by John Mackie

I am not a silent poet

praised be these tireless
black flagged wahabis
excising idolarity

razing monasteries of
more
than a thousand years standing

and
the Bal Shamin shrine
the Temple of Bel
tomb towers of Palmyra

all returned to sand
this agitated man
apostate poet

doubly sinning
brought to his knees
in the dust

with his son
before the scything of God
stills their restless thought

headless, released
from confusion by
symbiotic
understanding

with the
house of
Saud

there are spring bulbs in flower
along the autobahn
snowdrops, crocii and daffodils
and here by the North Sea the same

in the rubble and dust
of Deir Ezzor
blood darkens the sand

his last poem speaks,
trading
tranquillity for defeat

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