Jul 19, 2005

contortionism

if this has nothing to do
with religion

and nothing to do
with islam

and nothing to do
with the war in iraq

it must be about how far
you can stick our heads

up your democratically
elected arse

Posted by labi siffre at 02:14 AM in Current Affairs, poems / poetry : political, short 'n sweet, the war against terror | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jul 18, 2005

incitement to terrorism

in this enlightenment
when “belief” and “faith”
are waved
as rallying flags of truth
pinned
as badges of justification
worn
as anti-criticism vests by the
blairs, bushes and other clerics
of political righteousness

it ill behoves exponents of this
to con-demn belief held strongly
deeply sincerely enough
to die for

i recall my gast being flabbered
by an officer attending my workshop
at the police training college in Harrogate
Yorkshire when he said
“i have beliefs that cannot be wrong”

i wonder how he feels about
the suicide bombers in London,
Madrid and New York
who clearly shared his conviction

with clear diction i write this
as incitement as
did the authors of the bible
and koran but
incitement
to what

Posted by labi siffre at 11:54 AM in Current Affairs, Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : political, the war against terror | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jul 15, 2005

(c)(p)ause and (d)ef(f)(l)ect

the law to criminalise

incitement to terrorism

was repealed the day

after the entire

government

was arrested

Posted by labi siffre at 11:24 PM in Current Affairs, poems / poetry : political, short 'n sweet, the war against terror | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jul 10, 2005

bob ‘n bono no no no

(and you were doing so well)

never give 8
or 10 out of 10
to someone who got
only 2

it removes
the incentive
to try harder
don't you think?
just a little bit?

and never never
never
give a passing mark
to those who’ve merely
promised
to take the exam

(especially when they’ll have left college
before they have to sit it !)

Posted by labi siffre at 01:00 AM in Current Affairs, Make Poverty History, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jul 06, 2005

can u hear me?

bob
i like what you’ve done
to raise consciousness about
and to help
the needy
you’ve clearly done more
than most (perhaps all)
of your critics

and i hear when you say
politicians better listen
to those demanding “make
poverty history”

and i’d like to agree
and i won’t say “but”
but i will say “sadly”
those politicians are indeed
listening

and they have good ears much
better than yours and mine
they hear the words
we’re too chicken
to articulate
but inside
constantly
whine

“make poverty history
save the flora and fauna
but don’t make us
one penny poorer”

Posted by labi siffre at 01:30 AM in Current Affairs, Make Poverty History, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jul 05, 2005

to critics of LiveAid & Live 8

as that shit thatcher said
it’s a finite cake
and as carville (james) hung
on Clinton (B)’s wall
“It’s the economy, stupid!”

ours !

so, now that you’ve bitched
against geldof
on behalf, you say, of those living
and dying
from poverty ache

how much of that cake
are you / we / us
willing to give up
for their sake ?

Posted by labi siffre at 01:10 AM in Current Affairs, Make Poverty History, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jul 04, 2005

Get Real

poverty will be
eradicated

when the eradication
of poverty

is in the self-interest
of those

who don't live
in it

Posted by labi siffre at 10:14 AM in Current Affairs, Make Poverty History, poems / poetry : political, short 'n sweet | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jun 29, 2005

appropriate

considering who’s in charge
it’s no wonder
the acronym
for
the war against terror
is
twat

Posted by labi siffre at 09:30 PM in iraq, poems / poetry : political, short 'n sweet, the war against terror | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (1) | TrackBack

Jun 24, 2005

equilibrium

“today we want you to know
that your problems could be over
easily solved

if you would only open your hearts
and let us in
if you would only open your hearts
and be positive

because what we have to say
this offering to you
is so filled with truth and love

that only a person with a closed
and negative heart could refuse
the truth and love
of what we have to say”

and as ants worked and birds sang
and children were born and died
and rivers ran
it was then i reached out
for my gun
though unfortunately, at that time,
i didn’t have one

Posted by labi siffre at 01:46 AM in Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jun 12, 2005

bad fare day

it‘s a lost cause, always
nurtured ignorance wins
ever will
pitiless unforgiving ignorance
and the viciousness it drips

every day

and every day new
all of it
the sun, you, you’re face, eyelids
mouth eyes smile taste touch
every morning new
and the view over the valley
my giant oak the sky
the village below lost
in that lake of clouds
the way no matter what
it’s worth trying to hop
skip ‘n jump through the boulevards
strewn with people shit
including me

and the billboards proclaim
the obvious hurts
sometimes nicely
[dagger in the pious heart]
sometimes not
[dagger in the baby’s heart]
you choose
obviously
but the baby gets screwed
religiously
so the religious say

Posted by labi siffre at 07:49 PM in Current Affairs, Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Jun 10, 2005

digestion

why do we do it? [potatoes mashed] well, to be honest
[apple sauce] it’s a darn sight easier [cabernet grape]
to deal with a corrupt [nutmeg] dictatorship [rissoles]
than with a democratically elected [soya] monitored
and circumscribed [mung beans] government

so you see [linguini] the last thing [brains in black butter]
we want is [tofu] ... well, you should be [bush meat] able
to [mealy grubs] work it out [fugu] for yourself [bird’s
nest phlegm soup]; can’t stop I have a [truffles] speech
to write on [mangos] freedom, democracy, [stewed
prunes] tough international [couscous] love and
compassionate [blueberry cheesecake]
foreign policy

Posted by labi siffre at 08:58 PM in Current Affairs, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (4) | TrackBack

Jun 06, 2005

keeping

is the essence no matter
they be thin if we are cosy
fed nor that their sicknesses
unattended cleave if we receive

the best; in ice no matter they
wear rags if we be warm and so
we kneel and pray that god
will love us for another day

Posted by labi siffre at 03:23 PM in Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

May 17, 2005

4’ 33” but longer

in parenthesis
here in the lowlands where the facilitated
(the golden parties) (the risen) (those   
who know they are) have discovered
the usefulness of face (relative to the largest
threat) we have reason; they have little to fear

pray attention to detail I won’t beg but mention
expect the undetected; they are us and we bleed
(profusely) as time passes. nothing saves our arses

as for messages i also have nothing to say
and say it gloriously anyway but to less effect
as ancient stones in reductive grandeur have stood
(porous) leading lives of indifference
while being seeped

which is the only way to recognise the others
(irritatingly just before your mouth and nose
the level you it covers) yet again i try to hold
your hand (unwelcome) never to be brothers i
accept regret

fully the mountain needs us not
we on the other hand get wet need diapers
and because of that
ropes ‘n crampons and sensible shoes
and at least hills (oh yes) (and please)
(and in any case i haveta)

Posted by labi siffre at 01:20 PM in Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : life, poems / poetry : political, war & peace | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

May 01, 2005

GOD stands

for the Good Old Days

and as we know

they weren’t

Posted by labi siffre at 04:44 PM in Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : political, short 'n sweet | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (35) | TrackBack

Apr 28, 2005

The latest research reveals

That several governmental departments
Are dedicated to the sanguin

Whenever “well, that’s all right then”
Is detected it is the role of these agencies to in
Itiate stock market collapses fires in crowded

Discothèques with locked escape ways pandemics
Of disfiguring virulences and mortality rates from
The merely disturbing to the graphically tragic child

Flies milk white eyes weeping ulcers train plane or
Holiday coach corpses mangled tanker wrecks with
Oil soaked baby seals and school yard massacres

In this way the populace is distracted from the felonies
Committed by clergy royalty parliamentary under
Secretaries and market researchers

While being kept on their toes
In readiness for enemy attacks

Posted by labi siffre at 06:55 PM in poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : political, the war against terror | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Apr 23, 2005

Territorial claims by natives

Are invariably
Viewed more sympathetically by agencies
Of the relevant authorities when submitted by
Residents; it being the case that history favours
Those wielding the correct spelling of primary
Co-ordinates
                    Failure to comply with such
Fundamentals of the furrow have I admit led
Me to the state you find me presently in for
Example I once asked to purchase a box of matches
When semtex was what I required on another
Occasion a  complaint to my doctor of “pain behind
My left knee” would have served me better had I
Realised the correct spelling was “pain when I pee”

Posted by labi siffre at 12:48 PM in poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Apr 22, 2005

On hot days

I see lovers walking
Hand in hand
I see children playing in parks
I see elephants at the zoo
Hosing each other down

I see sexy fat men without shirts buying
Shorts I see nuns smiling with mobile
Phones I see old people on benches sliding
Palms over each others thighs safe
In a knowledge the young may shirk
Or never find I see laundry laughing

On clothes lines I see war planes
Writing “I will always love you” in clear blue
Skies I see birds ignoring pecking orders
And marching to the front of queues demanding
And winning acceptance of their aspirations

I see that the sun is here only to promote its auto
Biography “The Shining” and has to leave soon for an
Interview on another channel I see that the sky
A recently developed polymer protective covering
is to be withdrawn when current stocks are exhausted
Linked as it is with the release of carcinogens
Lethal to those unable to masturbate to fruition
More than five times a day without lubricants
Toys or pornographic aid I see smiles and blows
To the defenceless long unpaid

I see terriers refusing to let go, grass between
Paving stones persisting though doc martins are
Once again a fashion imperative (albeit with a
Clown shoe bobble on the toe) I see
Frightened men posing as pious unable to say
Faith isn’t enough I see babies who had
Forgotten how to cry learning at least how to smile
Hoping somewhen someone will love them enough
To make again the tears flow I see rainbows
Authorised by the security services I see folks
With short memories calling that progress
I see me and my shoelaces are still undone

Posted by labi siffre at 02:10 AM in life and death, poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : life, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Apr 20, 2005

life has no meaning

but it
does have
a use

Posted by labi siffre at 09:45 PM in Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : life, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (17) | TrackBack

Apr 16, 2005

de mock race e123

da vote is yours don’t worry tone
you’ve nothing to fear one hundred
thousand inno-civi mesopotamian corpses
don’t grab our attention; like spam we’ve
learned to junk et

it’s the jingle
jangle in our pockets gets us riled so
say how you’ve made the sun shine while
frankie howerd’s fun as a lynching miss
pelled namesake points us at who to blame

‘n both of you tell us suckers (seeking succour
we withhold from deserving others) how much
more we’ll get for less ‘n we’ll mutter
under our shallow breaths and give voice to

what you want in proportion to our lack of demo
cratic choice ‘cos: we want it too, don’t want
a fuss and can’t be bothered or fear to turn
the whole thing over and start again

Posted by labi siffre at 06:07 PM in poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Apr 07, 2005

what harm can it do

oh
how they want to believe

and you deny them
how cruel

when just one lie
is all the fix they need

and after all
what harm can it do

Posted by labi siffre at 11:34 AM in Pope John Paul II / the vatican, Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (1) | TrackBack

Mar 23, 2005

sighs doesn't matter

so, macdonald’s kills more americans
than al-qaeda; death is funny
though only vikings are leant to
vent gut wrenching guffaws

i try
to cling to the comic crevasse wall
leastwise the fun time recreational
perspective it clearly is more pop
ular than inline skating for example
and when i manage to i know
i'm edging to an adult point of view

unlike yesterday when the cactus asked
what i'd hope for if the weak are
right and there is life after death i said
an apology, crass i know but at least in
my defence i'd never expect to find
that amount of courage on the other
side of the mountain

though i also
hope for soft warm towels
and puppies and rabbits of course

Posted by labi siffre at 02:54 PM in Religion, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : political, the war against terror | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (2) | TrackBack

Mar 02, 2005

serial killers

trusting, we buy a box
of Kellogg’s “Frosties
Reduced Sugar” a third less it says
with only twenty five grams o’ the stuff
in every hundred: “nothing added”
only “sugar taken away”

checking, we find Kellogg's take
a box o’ the original “Cornflakes”
with only eight grams o’ shug
in every hundred; then sprinkle
seventeen per hundred more
on
hey presto! - more becomes less
as “Cornflakes” become “Frosties
Reduced Sugar”

it’s a bit like whores in praxis
soliciting your vote with
we’ll give you more
but we won’t raise taxes

or worse
like when D.... the consecrated
minister says “God
is immutable” then says “God
is omnipotent”

in these faith based newspeak days
less is more ‘n more is less
and that, my friend, is being “positive”

Posted by labi siffre at 02:10 AM in Religion, communication, poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (2) | TrackBack

Feb 24, 2005

if you don’t clean the walls
before you re-decorate ...

slick sliders assert the solution is
to outdistance differences
and “move forward”

differences defiant are determinedly fit
and young and eager to run
the marathon

Posted by labi siffre at 03:17 AM in poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (0) | TrackBack

Feb 03, 2005

education education education

because we have eyes we believe we can see
henry moore disagreed he believed we need
to be taught how to use our eyes

likewise with ears eric gilder believed we need
to be taught how to listen and though i already
knew my coltrane from my coleman hawkins he

opened mine with the help of walton’s first symp
hony between them these five changed my life
permanently for the good my eyes and ears work

ing better thanks to their teaching best of all we be
blessed with minds but boast we can, as a matter
of course, think; I reckon we need to be taught
how to think, clearly few agree so we live with

the fruits of teaching children what to believe
before, if at all, even suggesting they think: as
for noses, few seem to notice or mind the stink
though we certainly know how to smell

Posted by labi siffre at 04:58 PM in poems / poetry : belief, poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (7) | TrackBack

Feb 01, 2005

i be with you always

history lasts for a very long time i ain’t
somethin you easy just put i behind you ‘n
"move" as they casual buzzword say “on”

every time you try movin i zoom out in front
o your hum vee right sanctified god’s on our side
‘n i weigh not a ton but a zillion times zillions ‘n laugh

‘n explode ‘n say here i am bro i’s the yo in yo face
with a bullet i’s etching yo name on the casing a dum-dum
fo a dum sis or son of a bitch; so go careful you hear take

it easy be cool chill ‘n have a nice day ‘n take care ‘n
remember to follow your heart ‘n believe ‘n don’t worry
i won’t be a stranger     no, i won’t be a stranger

Posted by labi siffre at 04:01 PM in poems / poetry : political, war & peace | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (1) | TrackBack

Jan 20, 2005

lethal abstract nouns

truth   justice   honour   ethics
morality   decency   democracy   god
heaven   hell   knowledge   belief
freedom   liberty   reason   love

pride   sanity   failure   success
sincerity   politics   feminism
culture

political correctness
wealth   religion
common sense
sentience
choice


(this post triggered by comments re: "your call" )

Posted by labi siffre at 03:53 PM in poems / poetry : culture, poems / poetry : political | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (8) | TrackBack

May 11, 2004

the democratic ideal


 
      
      
   


Palestinians and Iraqis fail to see the light / with democracy they can vote
for whoever we like

Posted by labi siffre at 01:32 AM in iraq, israeli / palestinian conflict, poems / poetry : political, short 'n sweet | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (3) | TrackBack

May 09, 2004

what violence is

if you build your cities on my land
that is an act of violence
         
if you bar my family from “return”
but welcome yours with open arms
from wherever they were born
that is an act of violence
         
if you copyright the sinews, bones
the cells, the blood, the atoms of my body
that is an act of violence
         
if you copyright the food we’ve grown
for thousands of years of sweat and learning
struggle and scrape that is an act of violence

if you kill a child with a machete slash
another with a blow from the butt of your gun
then (your pockets bursting with grain)
you leave a third to starve to death
which of these is not violence
         
if you kill the river that feeds my land
my children and my future history
that is an act of violence
         
if “innocent civilians” you call yourselves
then vote democratic and free for any of these
that vote is an act of violence and you
a legitimate target
         
to stop the war religion gives
to stop the war that greed lives
to stop the testosterone initiative
to stop the killing of innocent kids
first, stop the denial of what violence is

Posted by labi siffre at 07:52 PM in israeli / palestinian conflict, poems / poetry : political, the war against terror | Permalink | HAVE YOUR SAY / COMMENTS (1) | TrackBack