Radio Wars

The strident tones came through the radio,
And announced themselves

Others took defensive positions.

The mediator,
On BBC, changed
His shirt
And asked another question.

They had set up camp around a wall that was
Only half way done,


‘What are you gonna do about it!’
Fully scaled up.

It didn’t occur to me to turn the dial.
I thought about my passport instead.

photos – & Talal Abu Rahma for France2 – controversy details at hosting

18 thoughts on “Radio Wars

  1. Kavita says:

    Ack.. a tight read, my friend!! Leaves me wondering about how we prioritize … and reprioritize!!
    They say, man is very adaptive… and I wonder… are we really?!?!?

  2. D.C. Lutz says:

    I read this one yesterday and I was kinda left speachless. It certainly hit me straight in the gut. I can say nothing more than what has been said except that you hit the mark on this one and I am looking forward to exploring the rest of writings

  3. Brendan says:

    What the poem implies gets stabbed in the heart by the photo. Devastating.

  4. Shashi says:

    Very powerful and the image is so great.

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

  5. brian miller says:

    that piece packs quite the punch i am unsure to turn the dial myself…

  6. Marian says:

    sigh. so hopeless.

  7. cloakedmonk says:

    Wow. This took my breath away. I think you might like one of mine that is also a social commentary.

    Take care!

  8. beautiful. understated. much enjoyed. thanks for visiting.

  9. sad, haunting, scary…I could picture my feeling the same 😦
    Thanks for sharing! Nice work!

  10. frayedges says:

    The pictures alone are shocking, add your words and the impact doubles.

  11. feistystitcher says:

    You have a wonderful way with words! I have enjoyed reading some of your poetry. Very visual and thought-provoking! Thank you for visiting my blog.

  12. penpusherpen says:

    very edgy, and no wonder, with death stalking and looking for victims. Passport would have been my first thought. xPenx

  13. Wow! powerful piece. Made me think of my passport, too…

  14. lenalocke says:

    haunting. beautifully abandoned poem.. just perfect.

  15. short poems says:

    Great blog, lovely writing. Enjoyed it!

  16. angelnjuly says:

    You are in did an artist. Interesting write~

  17. Winjer says:

    Wow, harsh… brought out some pent up aggression in me…well written

  18. danroberson says:

    Radio Wars leaves me wanting to listen for a short while. Thanks for sharing.

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