Category Archives: 20th.Century History

Extraction Point

Rotor blades are swiping the sky, bronze and orange paint their surreal stripes across the horizon; throbbing humming whirring, meld into cacophany; Rotor blades are swiping the sky, chattering clattering hammering, smacking concrete jarring the senses; squatting crouching striding toward … Continue reading

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When Summer Returns

When Summer returns, the last of the bones will have been buried, the endless lists of names will have been erased, even the memories of those names will be forgotten; When Summer returns, meadows again will bloom hiding their terrible … Continue reading

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The Death of Stalin

Sergei Ivanovich was once “tovarich” and hummed along to the “Internationale”, he once was nearly bloodied at at the barricades,mentioned in official despatches he became a Party “hero”; Sergei Ivanovich grew accustomed to snap-heeled salutes in the Kolyma Peninsula,1936 or … Continue reading

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Dunkirk

Time stretches taut as a drumskin, each passing syllable a vibrating membrane with the, longed for hoped for prayed for.. Time stretches beyond the horizon each immeasurable step further from the vanishing point of the, longed for hoped for prayed … Continue reading

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Tram Journey

Silhouettes embark the theatre on wheels, bantering chattering artistes of the verbal trapeze, accompanied by accordions of folding evening papers, keeping time with stone-tablet timetables clattering through blackened railway arches circumlocating city square, its familiar gargoyled spires furtively conspiring with … Continue reading

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The Picture in the Gallery

The Picture in the gallery the painting no-one else ever seems to look at; That street scene from another century, with its muted colours of a long lost summer afternoon; the carriages,the hats,the uniforms, street urchins,shopkeepers and at the railway … Continue reading

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Parallel Lines

Shall I write a poem today? the tall wire fence is gone, if I did, what would you say? the railway tracks are rusted, the watchtowers have fallen; what if my inspiration should fail and words escape me? the names … Continue reading

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