DISOBEY

Contrary was a word used to describe him. It hardly seems adequate considering his actions and the strength of his resolve. An old man, his former teacher, remarks with a smile how he was always thus. Now his body lies lifeless, Nazi officer shouting over him, 'Obey, I said,  'not disobey.' Picture credit: source unknown…Read more DISOBEY

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Tosca’s Tale

As true and relevant today (maybe more)

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Postcard from a Pigeon

Seventy years since the survivors’ of Auschwitz were liberated, I was watching a tv documentary where six of them recounted their stories of survival and the terrible aftermath they’ve endured, of nightmares and tragedies. One Polish man, Dr Tadeusz Smreczynski, who became a doctor and practiced general medicine within ten minutes of the camp gates, has been forever haunted, not just by the memories but by his own physical proximity to the camps. One other thing that horrifies him, is an aria from Puccini’s opera, Tosca, itself a tale told against a backdrop of tyranny and oppression. He heard an inmate singing the aria. He said it was strange to hear such a thing in the surroundings of the camp. An S.S. guard heard it, too and ran to find its source. Our survivor asked someone, what happened? The singer was killed. His story moved me to write this poem.

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TRUMP v The Huddled Masses

A senior Trump advisor, Stephen Miller, sparked a furor last week when he dismissed the famous poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty. In response, The Guardian asked 21 poets: what type of poem would Trump like to see at the statue?So I thought I'd have a go myself and here's my tuppence…Read more TRUMP v The Huddled Masses

Now Imagine They’re Syrian

First, let me beg your indulgence. Let me recall the words of Matthew McConaughey as public defender, Jake Brigance in the 1996 movie, A Time to Kill, when, defending Samuel Jackson, the vengeful father in his murder trial, he said, 'now imagine she's white.' Irish people felt that about British justice in the past and,…Read more Now Imagine They’re Syrian

Tosca’s Tale

Seventy years since the survivors' of Auschwitz were liberated, I was watching a tv documentary where six of them recounted their stories of survival and the terrible aftermath they've endured, of nightmares and tragedies. One Polish man, Dr Tadeusz Smreczynski, who became a doctor and practiced general medicine within ten minutes of the camp gates,…Read more Tosca’s Tale