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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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Genesis 1:1

No record was kept of the name that they gave to that bird, vivid yellow and green welcoming a primeval dawn, captured on flickering footage the memory of it kept alive in black and white; no-one recalls any longer how … Continue reading

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Jeux Sans Frontieres

The dark blue uniform speaks to us in a language we don’t understand , the carriage we’re in stinks even with the windows open ; pervasive cloying tobacco , sweat ,dried vomit ,urine unwashed bodies pressed almost obscenely together ; … Continue reading

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Empires Falling

Forever falling falling into the far below , far far below where the embers glow ; Falling from grace grace and favour favour ,renown and that glory they once grasped made their own , adorning it with their songs and … Continue reading

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Waterloo

Two and a half miles square , five hundred Guns ; the Black ,the Red ,the White,the Blue , sixty thousand Horses ; bloodied ,torn and tattered , two hundred thousand Men ; gouged by grapeshot ,gored by bayonet , … Continue reading

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Je Suis Charlie

( Paris 7 January 2015 ) Where is liberty , where is equality , where is fraternity on the Rue Serpollet ? Whose liberty , whose equality , whose fraternity , on the Rue Serpollet ? What Liberty , what … Continue reading

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Rorke’s Drift ( 1879 )

Slow as acorns time awakens , shadows lengthen ; life and death flit across the moon lit fields , waving flags at the staring moon’s face , lit by death’s silent flit across flags , waved by staring faces flitting … Continue reading

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