Sunday, 14 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 211 OF 230

Poem 211 of 230:  AT FRONT LINES

I can’t suckle a baby -
    God planned on some divisions;
Women are with war-weapons -
    We have fallen morally.

(C) David Franks 2003

Saturday, 13 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 212 OF 230

Poem 212 of 230:  REMEMBER THEM?

Back when we became defenders
    (We have plainly been attackers),
Defenders’ blood, sweat and years
    Were paid to keep a good home-way -
A way yet to be part stealth-blown,
    As mass immigration gained-sway
And as we slipped as maintainers.

(C) David Franks 2003

Friday, 12 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 213 OF 230

Poem 213 of 230:  MORE AMOR PATRIAE

There is tai chi and there is tennis,
    Line is fine but so is Morris,
There is curry and there is the roast,
   And, when England is playing host,
It is the rest-of-the-world’s good wish
    To sense culture that is English.

(C) David Franks 2003

Thursday, 11 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 214 OF 230

Poem 214 of 230:  RE:  M.R.S.A.

Regarding M.R.S.A.,
    I’m sad to say
That my “in-hospital-smell”
    Has gone this way -
“Antiseptic” to “people.”

(C) David Franks 2003

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 215 OF 230

Poem 215 of 230:  MOODS MORE NICE

As haggling
    Tends to cause
Some wrangling,
    Seeing price
Tends to cause
    Moods more nice.

(C) David Franks 2003

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 216 OF 230

Poem 216 of 230:  FOR PEACE

Reading of warred Afghanistan
    And its people’s book (the Koran),
This bombarded generation
    Should, for peace, rebuild a nation
Involving one state/one culture -
    Living by the one native-law.
And, for peace in the Holy Lands,
    Three states bordered, for three faiths’ hands.

(C) David Franks 2003

Monday, 8 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 217 OF 230

Poem 217 of 230:  A MULTICULTURAL WORLD OF CARRYING

Rather than the newer rucksack,
    I prefer a shoulder-strap bag
To hold whatever kit I pack;
    But, on the cross-continents track,
I saw several other ways
    Of getting things there and/or back:

Sherpa’s head-strap baskets, Nepal;
    In India and in Kenya,
On head-pads, loads are carried tall;
    Bamboo loaded on either side,
In China; or, in Mexico,
    Two poles to a backpack are tied.

(C) David Franks 2003

Ancient Egyption culture,
British Museum, London,
October 2016

Sunday, 7 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 218 OF 230

Poem 218 of 230:  THERE IS A U.N.

Why does the U.S.
    Have O.S. bases
Of influence when
    There is a U.N.?

(C) David Franks 2003

Saturday, 6 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 219 OF 230

Poem 219 of 230:  FURTHER ANTI-IMPERIALISM

Let each Christian nation have its own Church -
Equal, before God, with the others’ Search.

(C) David Franks 2003

Friday, 5 March 2010

WALKABOUTSVERSE 220 OF 230

Poem 220 of 230:  AMERICANS

Before becoming a guest-lecturer,
    “Ethnic Americans,” said a leader
From an equally-ethnic U.S. kind -
    Sparking Amerindian chant to mind…

(C) David Franks 2003