It’s the old story of David and Goliath
Here we see two countries locking horns like schoolboys in the schoolyard, as always a bully twice the size is throwing sawdust in the eyes of the other, and us observing bystanders stood around. The smaller boy is on his blooded knees holding all the high moral ground takes his nosebleeds well and won’t concede it’s the old story of David and Goliath I fear the bigger shouting I will win, I will domineer. But we witnessing, see it’s a battle of attrition who’ll fight the longer like a body combating cancer? And in this battle, we’re all rooting for contrition, contrition from the bigger slain by the littler to eventually become the rightful winner.
Consequences uttered to instil a sense of fear
Today we watch in horror the deliberate act of a Russian tank driving over a moving civilian car and see the ruin remains of residential tower blocks the homes of the innocent destroyed sent fleeing midwinter into the perilous unknown, we see people desperately clutching babies, children and teddy bears to their breast. While Russia, with all its military arsenal of chess pieces encircles its prey, threatening the world with its shelling, closing in on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant like a cat, playing with a globe in its paw. And to this added-horror unfolding we are all told of crematorium death machines how they roll on behind to dispose of their own dead we are all told the War to "de-militarise and de-Nazify" that it’s an effort to stop any more future violence but what’s clearly on display is genocide an invasion of aggressors hell-bent on destruction on looting and murder, they claim hysteria has taken hold of our senses and shortly we in the West will all come to our senses—again. We once a trusting partner, will settle down and later calmly renegotiate a mutual endgame that settles for King’s stalemate, an equal partnership because if you don’t, there’ll be consequences greater than any you’ve faced in the history of the world. Because why do we need a world if Russia is not in it? So Putin once again has announced he wants Russia’s nuclear deterrence forces placed on “high alert,” and orders the West not to interfere, again “Consequences” uttered to instil a sense of fear.
It’s a perilous junction even for us distant boy scouts
There are two dog owners on either side of the road at a crossing, any minute, a landmine might explode it is more than likely a standoff, a bad mixture one is with a black and tan Miniature Pinscher the other is with three snarling borzoi hounds it’s a perilous junction even for us distant boy scouts there look to be some cordial words spoken at first but leashes are loosened, and threats are interspersed there’s a greeting of canine teeth bared to kill locked in a bloodlust that crushes all the daffodils that spills innocent blood on the freshly falling snow these wild dogs are now unchained and let go. Their owners are at distant ends of the earth. Their howling, their baying, their wailing never adjourns there’s no end to war when war crimes are waged and an entire world and people are enraged.
Putin has ‘gone full tonto’
Defence minister Ben Wallace says Putin has 'gone full tonto.' So saddle up your 'wild horse's folks,' and get out of your lunatic asylum beds he’s mental folks now, that’s-what-I've read. Putin has-gone-full tonto they say there is no neutrality in this nuts psychiatric unit. He's said to have lost it during his covid-19 isolation lockdown, they say he’s been sharpening knives for a good while now and even wants to microwave the world for his Sunday roast? Putin has 'gone full tonto' they say, saving comrades and neighbours from Neo-Nazism all his clowns and jesters are clueless about what the hell to do so they wave flags and fire bullets and generally join in his parade. Announcing corridors are opening to the poor folk they're killing. Putin has 'gone full tonto' they say, and who can disagree when a baby boy dies of shrapnel wounds died in his mother's arms on International Women's Day and all he and they can say is war has its casualties maybe they shouldn’t have got in our way.
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…is an adult learning difficulties support worker with 200-plus poems published in journals, magazines, and anthologies both online and in print. He resides in the UK, from Manchester. Mark is the author of In Perpetuity and Back on Earth, two books of poems published by Creative Talents Unleashed.