Poetry – Body Bags

Body Bags

They don’t look so tough in body bags,

                Chucked carelessly in mass graves,

                                Blown to smithereens

In splatters.

Reality is a far cry

                From the bravado and boasts

                                Posing with guns

                                                In arrogant scenes

                                                                Now in tatters.

Bravery and strength

                Do not repel bullets.

                                Where a shell lands

                                                Is down to luck.

Anyone can stand tall

                Pretend to be so macho

                                Aggressive talk and body pumps

Missiles don’t give a fuck.

Opher – 3.5.2022

All those young men signing up to go off and fight, so cocksure, but there’s nothing cool about fighting. The body bags are waiting. The missiles don’t care how tough you are. The mines will blow off your legs.

The world should have got past all that barbaric, primitive violence and stupidity. War is distilled terror and horror. Soldiers are pawns – nothing more!

Bravery is a farce. Neanderthal men are an embarrassment.

This is 2022. Wars are never won.

Poetry – Petulance defined

Petulance defined

Petulant, divisive, arrogant and vengeful.

He’s a man who wants to build a wall.

Narcissistic, belligerent and tyrannical.

Religious and conservative most hypocritical.

If he had his way he’d practice genocide.

But who he’d include he can’t yet decide.

Not the South Koreans or Russians for sure.

Probably just the people outside of his door.

Opher – 5.6.2020

Trump has become a tyrant, a totalitarian monster. He tramples over conventions, rights and laws.

Given more time he would completely dismantle the political system so that he could control everyone.

If you are not for him you are against him and you need crushing.

He’s a fascist.

Poetry – Birth

Birth

Genocide, larceny and slavery

The founding of a nation.

The red man and the black man

Exploitation, extermination.

Looking for a new life

Full of arrogant superiority.

With guns, whips and slipknots,

Possessing wealth the priority.

Born through rites of murder

And heartless cruelty;

Hypocrisy and fear;

Evading all penalty.

Hundreds of years have passed

But the attitude persists.

Throttling the very necks

Of anyone who resists.

Time to put it right

To make positive what might be.

To respect each other –

With a new era of equality.

Opher – 3.5.2020

The systems we have created are simply not functioning for the majority of people. There is far too much poverty around the world, far too much discrimination and exploitation.

A small elite have extreme wealth and control politics and governments. They buy politicians. They buy elections. They tilt everything their way and leave huge poverty and division in their wake.

Waiting for Sue Gray is like waiting for Godot!!

When the government believes it is above the rule of law we are in trouble.

When they control the media we are in trouble.

When they suppress protest we are in trouble.

We are heading towards Putin – oppression and suppression – and a one-party state.

Is Sue Gray tied up and gagged in a basement in Downing Street?

Poetry – Petulance defined

Petulance defined

Petulant, divisive, arrogant and vengeful.

He’s a man who wants to build a wall.

Narcissistic, belligerent and tyrannical.

Religious and conservative most hypocritical.

If he had his way he’d practice genocide.

But who he’d include he can’t yet decide.

Not the South Koreans or Russians for sure.

Probably just the people outside of his door.

Opher – 5.6.2020

Trump has become a tyrant, a totalitarian monster. He tramples over conventions, rights and laws.

Given more time he would completely dismantle the political system so that he could control everyone.

If you are not for him you are against him and you need crushing.

He’s a fascist.

Poetry – My Existence is Questionable.

My Existence is Questionable.

My existence is questionable.

                In a few billion years

                                No evidence will exist;

No bones,

                No fossils,

                                Not even an impression.

Nothing of my life

                Will be remembered

No word

                Of any poem

                                Remain.

Not even a whisper in the wind.

Every atom

                That ever sang in my blood

                                Sent a shock through my brain

Or supported me against the force of gravity

Will be free.

Some of me

                Will find its way to stars

                                To explode through galaxies.

Some of my atoms

                Might even incorporate themselves

                                Into another sentient being.

There may be other words.

Opher – 5.3.2022

How pointless everything really is. How inconsequential.

All our little lives, trivial pursuits, matters of life and death, war and power struggles, wealth and greed. Even the destruction of the entire planet is trivial compared to the immensity of the universe. Our whole galaxy is but a pinprick, a tiny speck.

All our gods, palaces, castles and cathedrals are worthless and insignificant.

Our thoughts, dreams, hopes and aspirations, our fears, worries, anxieties and traumas, our pleasures and pains – all melt into oblivion when death claims our memories.

Yet atoms are perpetual. That is marvellous!

‘I’m the fucking king around here and I’m going to do what I want.’ Bring your own Booze!!

I can’t stand Cummings but…………..

As he said: getting rid of the inept liar is – “sort of like fixing the drains”.

Dominic Cummings has said it is his “duty to get rid” of Boris Johnson as prime minister, describing it as “sort of like fixing the drains”.

Cummings revealed one of the most damaging No 10 lockdown gatherings, where Reynolds had emailed staff inviting them to drinks in the garden and to “bring your own booze”. Cummings has said Johnson was warned about the gathering, which the prime minister has admitted to attending but claims to have thought it was a work event.

The former adviser told New York magazine Johnson was driven entirely by what would be in the papers the next day. “In January 2020 I was sitting in No 10 with Boris and the complete fuckwit is just babbling on about: ‘Will Big Ben bong for Brexit on 31 January?’” he said.

Asked if it was fair that he was mounting a campaign to remove his former boss, Cummings said: “What’s fairness got to do with anything? It’s politics. All this is not fair. The fact that someone wins an election doesn’t mean that they should just stay there for years, right? If you’ve got a duffer, if you think someone can’t do the job, or is unfit for the job.

“You know, as he said to me: ‘I’m the fucking king around here and I’m going to do what I want.’ That’s not OK. He’s not the king. He can’t do what he wants. Once you realise someone is operating like that then your duty is to get rid of them, not to just prop them up.”

Cummings also told the magazine Johnson acted as if considering “what would a Roman emperor do? So, the only thing he was really interested in – genuinely excited about – was, like, looking at maps. Where could he order the building of things?”

Cummings said Johnson fantasised about “monuments to him in an Augustine fashion”.

Ian Blackford was thrown out of House for telling the truth.

He called the Prime Minister a liar.

He said that he misled the house.

Lied and Misled the House.

He said it how it was – The Prime Minister is a liar who misled the house. He presides over sleaze and corruption. The arrogance comes from a life of being entitled. He is a spoilt overgrown public schoolboy who does not believe that rules and laws apply to him. Giving Tories an 80 seat majority has meant that they believe they can do what they like. Their greed is extraordinary. In order to hang on to power, they are dismantling democracy.

The Arrogant, Entitled Erosion of Democracy. Clive Lewis Labour MP.

This is a good summary of the problem.

This government demonstrates exactly what is wrong with the system. The Tories feel so entitled and arrogant that they .really do think they can do anything they want. To hang on to power they are prepared to crush all possibility of opposition. It is a quiet British Trumpism – insidious and far-reaching. With a majority of 80 and a complete disregard for rules and laws, the Tories feel totally empowered.

Here is what Clive Lewis had to say:

Following BoJo’s statement in the commons, Clive Lewis MP (Lab) ran a short thread on twitter suggesting the need for democratic renewal in light of Gray’s findings.

‘In a healthy democracy Boris Johnson would by now be a former PM. The fact he’s still in post – having lied to Parliament and the public last year – tells us we have a problem that goes beyond his personal qualities as a political leader, to the heart of our failing democracy.

The power to hold the Prime Minister to account for his actions is now in the hands of the damaged institution of the Metropolitan Police – which has finally and belatedly started investigating – and Tory MPs who have the cover of the 1922 committee.

Herein lies the problem. Without a written constitution and without strong checks and balances on an increasingly powerful government committed to doing away with the weak checks already there, the institutions of our democracy will continue to be fatally undermined.

Right now, the government is using their power to make sure the public has none – whether that is through attacks on our voting system and the independence of the judiciary, or the hollowing
out of the right to protest, the right to vote, citizenship rights, and our human rights.

Boris Johnson should go. But this issue goes far beyond the integrity of the PM or even his government. Until we undergo a programme of democratic renewal, we’ll be stuck with a system that has proven itself unfit for the challenges we face now and in the coming century.’

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