Sunday, 30 April 2017

Urban Arteries

Spice scented air, colours, sounds.
Urban markets are vibrant with life.
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Droning birds carry deadly intent, 
fuelled by cataclysmic opinions.
A loved city, bombed and broken,
screams ricochet off shattered lives.
Refugees flee to the edge of insane,
shadows of home facing their backs.
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Many lost, souls rise in dust laden air.
Urban arteries are running with blood.

Julian Clarke © 2017

21 comments:

  1. It is happening everyday and not many seems to care.The political will is lacking as it runs smack against corporate greed which determines the rights and wrongs according to their whims.

    Hank

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  2. I love all the contrasts of urban life, the fine and foul coming together... the metaphor of a blood stream is excellent.

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  3. What an apt and succinct commentary of life in many places (particularly the middle east) today. Living in a safe western world we just cannot imagine how families cope with the situation.

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  4. Flee to the edge of insane... such an apt description Julian.. it seems futile to just sit and hope for peace.

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  5. Wow! You convey the contrast between war and peace very well.. makes me wonder why people are so intent on choosing the former.

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    1. I wonder too, Kerry. Thank you for you comment.

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  6. This is so sad and a reminder of what life is like for some. There is a thin line between sane and insanity when you are thrust into the midst of chaos.

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  7. This is so heart wrenching, I can't even imagine the horrors which these poor people go through :(

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  8. Very powerful imagery. I could see the scene, and feel the impact.

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  9. Poignant words ... a reminder to appreciate those things we take so for granted.

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    1. I' glad you loiked it, thank you for your comment.

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  10. Richard Fleming1 May 2017 at 12:12

    Very moving.

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    1. Hi Richard, thank you for commenting.

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  11. There is too much sadness in this world today; thanks for the update

    much love...

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  12. Wishing you a lovely month of May and inviting you to link to Monday WRites

    😊😊😊😊😊😊
    much love...

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  13. brilliantly expressed!

    we need break to take deep breathe and realize the worth of life

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  14. The terrible thing about this killing and torment is that it is but a game for those in power. Whetherit be religion, ethnicity, politics or or just the craving for power we are all expendable for someone else's cause.

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  15. Powerful and intense ... you have woven your words really well and that imbues the piece with a multidimensional, nuanced quality.

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