On women in Afghanistan.
Carmen Sterba cs - Marlene Mountain mm

speak of Afghan women's rights yet what of safety from bombs /cs
daisies if they survive and the remains of daisy-cutters /mm
peace comes dropping slow in the glow of noon /cs
[with the help of Yeats: Lake Isle of Innisfree]
stop the war another wild bunch wants to get on /mm
[with a little help]
on all sides a bunch who take themselves too seriously /cs
brainwash name one country which doesn't soak it to us /mm

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from the 'dorothy connection'
a series of one line linked haiku 'mountain sonnets'

awakened by the honking of cars
raging rivers follow raging clouds
pist at the men pist at each other
ask any minority it's apathy that kills
in your own backyard except you don't really own it
beyond reason a body-belt full of explosives
they hurt us ‘they’ started it all
leaking inside her cocaine
eighteen months old and dressed as a suicide bomber
armistice day whichever way you look at it we never learn
veteran's day parade the march after a few prayers and some church bells
a heated exchange about asylum seekers
all his life the sound of copters have spelled 'war'
lied to again he should know better

gg(1,7,13) ct(2,5,11) mm(3) sw(4,8,9,10) sa(14) pc(6,12)

gary gach cindy tebo marlene mountain sheila windsor stephen addiss paul conneally


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