Sunday, 7 August 2016

Crises

Shocking to think in our advanced world that this is allowed to continue.



In 
abject
 poverty
women trudge
earthenware pots
balanced on heads
fetching water
not fit for
consumption
many dying of
starvation.
Violent conflicts
guns rat tat tattle
follow the red dot
see where it stops
eye sight  down
the rifle barrel,
a young girl
takes aim,
with blood,
her hands
are stained.

© Julian Clarke 2016

22 comments:

  1. There is much to fix in this world.

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    1. Thank you for passing by and leaving your thoughs

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  2. I love how you have crafted the shape of this poem - quite literally - how the world can define us and quietly destroy us should circumstance be cruel

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    1. Jae, thank you for your kind comment

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  3. This is painful to read...but unfortunately a painful slice of what life is like for some today.

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    1. absolutley Mary, and thank you for your remarks, always appreciated

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  4. ...aiming down that rifle barrel is how the world's crises distort people's finest instincts ... I like to think we're working on this, but it may only be a drop in the ocean of oppression. AS if there weren't enough to share!

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    1. As you say we're working on this and if only one drop in the ocean helps just one person then it's been worthwhile. Thank you for commenting, Susan.

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  5. Such a wonderful form here!
    Beautifully executed.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Sanaa.

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  6. Don't think I've been here before? But this is very well achieved Julian and has a real freshness of creative spirit too... I shall be back for more, for sure... With Best Wishes Scott

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    1. I am pleased you enjoyed this piece Scot, thank you for taking the time to leave your comment.

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  7. You write this with such clarity, you make us see it. It is hard to understand why we have not evolved from this. So we'll written.

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    1. Hello Sherry, thank you and I'm pleased that you felt this way about it.

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  8. The Drought has stricken...in land & in heart...what is dangerous is everyone is adapting to it except perhaps a few conscientious hearts, the only light in the time of darkness...

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  9. Thank you, Sumana, your comments always carry thought, much appreciated.

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  10. Great narration of our times.
    ZQ

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  11. it's really sad to learn that young children are recruited and trained as soldiers and killers. and the money to buy arms can be better used to build infrastructure. but such is the way the world is heading and perhaps education is the way out of this.
    a very real-world poem, Julian.

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    1. It is so very sad. Thank you for dropping by and leaving your thoughts.

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