pricesless

pacing past the bp station
price of oil scarce
in the news

a taxi speeds past
i guzzle a heap of diesel
discharged

i cough & cough again
(then jerked him
with the middle finger)

he slides alongside
the voracious pump
his taxi swallows fuel

i scratch my head
& shrug my shoulders
for glancing right

there’s a gleaming
nissan showroom
(“motors selling fast”)

vans & cars
paraded on the forecourt
vans & cars

accelerating
i peer ahead & there’s
a long queue brooding

at the makeshift lights
i look up & sigh
stars are sparse though

a flashing aeroplane
glides through purple sky
i cough & cough again

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don’t mention guns today

she steps over the crimson line
security guard swipes her
with metal detector.

tiny fingers retrieve
flowery pink pencil case
and her peers skip along

the narrow corridor
submerging into the classroom
where the history teacher

sits at the whiteboard.
resistant door clunked shut
and sealed them in.

***

This is America: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/16/17016382/school-shooting-drills-training

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heavy arms & light fingers
touched,
swiped & typed endlessly.

gleaning eyes frazzled,
i peeked out the window

then back to the screen
sat at my desk
and laughed deliriously.

the wet grey day
darkened further.

tired cars skied
up & down the road
ceased. quiet.

this seering light
upon the retinas
ends now.

it’s bipolar

Ms Bikini SHORT
& her body building partner
claimed compensation for food poisoning
while on a Turkish holiday.

Facebook photos snared them
having a stonking time away –
face jail said the Judge.

Beefcakes to that.
“What a classy duo.”
A fit MUMS champion – sic.

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IN THE SAME STREAM

Oxfam
allowed three men to resign
& sacked four, after more
revelations of sex exploitation –

downloading porn, intimidation,
prostitution & all that racket, really?
200,000 perished in Haiti –

2 million homeless documented,
yet toothless hawks
tentatively clamor for answers.

***

Oxfam pressed over claims its aid staff in Haiti used prostitutes https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/09/oxfam-pressed-over-claims-haiti-aid-workers-used-prostitutes
Holiday scammers who falsely claimed compensation for food poisoning could be jailed to prevent ‘tsunami of false claims’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/09/holiday-scammers-falsely-claimed-compensation-food-poisoning/
Continue reading “it’s bipolar”

no reparations

(in the new ark)
a black beret neatly placed
by his mother surrounded
by three compadres
(in a white filled room)

steely brown eyes
focused on the interview
became almost tearful
as camera zoomed

brown face frowned
he spat a tortured concept
400 years a slave
in eloquent English

but there’s a disconnect –
for who can hear songs
of the pillaged past
sang along the Gambian River?

***

Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery’s ‘Hard History’ https://n.pr/2GEsQR8