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Senryu - Images of Pain

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Dragging me through the
Ultimate obscenity,
Ashes of voices

Ruin and Death are
qrey - bright life's shocked orange choir
Fled, all colour bled

(after the WTC  twin towers massacre of 11/9/01)


Swastika dances -
Little girls carefully taught
To die as they're told

(watching 'Louis & the Nazis' at breakfast 23/12/03, after the conviction of Holly & Jessica's murderer)


Crush bar, powder room,
Flop house, crash pad, broken home,
The earth moved for us

(50,000 die in earthquake as Bam collapses, 26/12/03 05h26)

A head rolls
In Iraq - at the Mirror
A head rolls

(Nick Berg, Piers Morgan, end of the line 14/05/04)


Fleet Street
Heads sacked



Unprotected txt
Junk males capital litter
Vowel cancer



This was your Rapture;
I hope you were satisfied -
Thousands in Heaven.

(7/01/05-after the Boxing Day Tsunami)


Noon, Saddleworth Moor -
Vistas to die for. Somewhere,
The bones of children


Blackcurrant time, dusk -
Sky on fire, mountains on fire,
Leaves scream in the wind

(July 7th 2004-fierce & strange storm sweeps UK from SW to NE)

Gales and May blossom
I was killed again today
They bring cut flowers

(19/05/06-another school stabbing.)


Today is crying
Even the seabirds muted
Your face was yellow

(13/4/08 - Fr.Tony unwell)



There is too much pain
To put into words. I weep
For broken China.

(17/5/08-5 days after the Szechuan earthquake)

Broken promises -
The pied piper of Szechuan
Came for your children

(18/5/08-6 days after the Szechuan earthquake)

Sweet girl, sleep softly -
Rock pillows, concrete coverlet
Be my lost embrace

(18/5/08-6 days after the Szechuan earthquake)

At 14h28
Break time, the end of lessons,
No more school.

(18/5/08-6 days after the Szechuan earthquake)


May '08 - crunch time.
Walls fall, roofs and men cave in,
Little lives aborted.

(1000s of children lost in Szechuan, the Commons pass the Embryology Bill. 19/05/08)


The eye of Heaven
Sees you, mean strawberry thief,
And the drowned thousands

(18/5/08-a fortnight after the Burma cyclone)

Threatening thunder
Red mist blood on the carpet
The clash of antlers

(Men at war - Oct 2nd 2008)



Thursday - Betws train.
Snow printed, child pacified.
Haiti in ruins.

(14/01/10 - solo excursion to get snow out of my system;

Quake mag 7 Jan 12th wrecks  Port au Prince killing tens of thousands)


The 42nd
Mother's Day without a card
Or a daffodil

(14/03/10. As usual.)


coma - I'm inside
my locked home, not answering,
waiting for daylight

(6/06/10 - after Hamster & Moss compare crashes)


too hot and too high
only time runs out - what’s left
burning and crying

(Fire at pudding Lane 1666 - 2/07/2010)