Hypocritical Remembrance

Hypocritical Remembrance

Remembrance of all those who died;

Who were blown to pieces,

Gassed and broken.

With bugle calls, marching,

Flags and fine words spoken.

But in among the pageantry,

Of all things military,

Lurks a dismal hypocrisy.

Those making the biggest roar

Are the very ones urging war.

The patriotic nationalists

With their ramrod backs,

Shoes so polished, uniforms in packs,

Reciting words of jingoistic hacks.

As the red and white poppies

Engulf a nation,

It feels less of a remembrance

And more a celebration.

Opher 11.11.2022

I am nearly always uneasy with Remembrance Day. I don’t like the military uniforms. I don’t like the insincerity of so much of it.

The war to end all wars failed. We have not had a single year since in which there hasn’t been a war somewhere.

Wouldn’t it be great if we really remembered the horrors of war and all took a vow to never let it happen again? If all the nations in the world signed up to ostracise any country that resorted to war? If everyone agreed to apply sanctions to any aggressor?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we really remembered and agreed to put an end to this barbaric, destructive, uncivilised behaviour?

I don’t like this military pageant. It feels laden with hypocrisy. Yet I think it is important that we don’t forget how abysmal war really is and don’t forget its poor victims (the living and the dead, the paralysed and traumatised

Poetry – TV Evangelist

TV Evangelist

With his hand upon the TV

He invokes Jesus and the scriptures,

Inviting the faithful followers

To join him in his raptures.

Fighting with the demons

He drives Covid from the sick.

All you have to do

Is present him with a cheque.

He drives in his limo

To his mansion on the hill.

Then to his waiting learjet

Servants tending to his will.

He wears the most expensive suits

And eats like a king.

In the business converting lost souls

Who’ll give him everything.

Preying on the stupid

Who all their lives did toil.

He’s the holy moly charlatan

The purveyor of snake oil.

Opher – 31.8.2020

It is quite incredible how these poor American fools have sent in their money to these charlatans and frauds and turned them into multimillionaires.

Talk about gullible.

But these people are positively dangerous. They are encouraging silly practices.

You don’t cure Covid through faith and certainly not by touching your TV screen and receiving the healing power from a snake-oil salesman who then asks for a handsome contribution.