POETRY

 

DRIFTWOOD (LIVES)
FOR AYLAN, GALIP AND REHAN KURDI

'you were born with wings,
why prefer to crawl through life'

Rumi

 

CAST OUT

WASHED UP

SPAT UPON

FROM AN INDIFFERENT LAND

SPLINTERED LIVES

DREAM OF REBUILDING TOMORROW

SAIL AWAY

DOORS FROM WALLS

PEACE FROM SORROW

 

HAMMERED

NAILED

TRAPPED

IN AIRLESS HOLDS

BENEATH THE ENDLESS BLUE SKY

HOLDING ON, HOLDING ON

 

FROM SPACE THE OCEANS SPAN LIKE BIRDFLIGHT

BUT IN THE COAL BLACK EMPTINESS

MANACLES ARE SERVED

AS THE WATER SWALLOWS THE DETRITUS OF A DREAM

LIKE PLANKTON

 

THEY WALK THE PLANK

THEY WALK THE PLANK

 

AS ALL INCLUSIVE HOLIDAYS ARE ENJOYED AND 

ALL UCANEAT BUFFETS ARE GORGED

AND AZURE SWIMMING POOL SELFIES

SHARED ON FACEBOOK

TINY MOUTHS

INGEST SALT WATER

AND FALL INTO BLACK UNCONSCIOUSNESS

SO UNPREPARED TO DIE

 

DRIFT DRIFT

LOOK AWAY LOOK AWAY

OUR BORDERS PROTECT US FROM THIS

OUR BORDERS LEGITIMISE THIS

AS THE WAVES BRING IN

WHAT THE WORLD DISCARDED

RETURNING IDEALS TO

THE UNFORGIVING LAND

 

POLKA DOT DRESSES AND

FRESH NAPPIES

WASHED UP ON THE SAND

TIDEWRACKED AND SOULWRECKED

 

A MUTINY OF MANKIND

THIS TREMBLING TIMBER OF THOUGHTSTABBING THOUGHTLESSNESS

 

A BLACK PARADE OFWOULD BE COFFINS

DRIFT

ONTO DESERTED HOLIDAYMADE BEACHES

THE HEADLINE SAYS ' MIGRANTS'

I SEE WOMEN MEN AND CHILDREN

 

"OWING TO A WELL-FOUNDED FEAR OF BEING PERSECUTED FOR REASONS OF RACE, RELIGION, NATIONALITY, MEMBERSHIP OF A PARTICULAR SOCIAL GROUP OR POLITICAL OPINION, IS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY OF THEIR NATIONALITY, AND IS UNABLE TO, OR OWING TO SUCH FEAR, IS UNWILLING TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF THE PROTECTION OF THAT COUNTRY."

 

IN OTHER WORDS

 

REFUGEES

IN OTHER WORDS

OUR COMMON HUMANITY 

YOU                         AND            ME

 

 FLOTSAM 

WASHED UP

CAST OUT

SKINTIDESOF SADNESS

 

PERHAPS

 

A KIND OF KINDLING

 

TO SET FIRE

TOIGNORANCE, BORDERSANDAP           A    

THY

 

PUBLISHED WORKS

 

DARKNESS IS WHERE
THE STARS ARE

The book that had Stephen Green and Christian Voice on their knees praying for the redemption for the author. Personal whispers and societal screams.

'These poems engage
and enrage'
– Peter Tatchell

 

FUSE

Selected poetry and the full text of Everything Must Go & Unprotected Sex.

'Very powerful stuff'
– Harold Pinter