Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Chrys Salt

Meanings

 

 

Collateral damage. Shock and Awe.

Where are the meanings that we had before?

Gives language a bad name does war.

 

Shock was his shaggy mane of hair ‘til now –

a dozen corn sheaves stacked together

in a field. Something you ‘got a bit of’, - how

did it come to mean this nightly slaughter -

every tooth in the city shaken?

 

And awe? Crouched under amputations

Of falling glass – do they wonder

at those sublime illuminations

that rip homes and schools from under

them when ‘targets’ are mistaken?

 

Collateral – now there’s a word misspent.

No longer money pledged against a loan,

but children burned alive in the bent

wreckage of a car. A hand blown

from a wrist. Splashed brains. Backs broken.

 

Collateral damage. Shock and Awe.

Where are the meanings that we had before?

Gives language a bad name does war.

Chrys Salt was born on 15 May 1944 in Birmingham. She has authored four full poetry collections and four pamphlet collections. Work has been performed on Radios 3 and 4 read by Salt and others, UK wide, in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Finland and India. She will be Sole International Poet at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2019. 'The Burning' was selected for the Best Scottish Poems 2012. In 2014 Weaver of Grass was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, she received Creative Scotland Bursary to finish her penultimate collection Dancing on a Rock (Pub: IDP) and another to research her next collection about The Klondike Gold Rush, She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to the Arts. www.chryssalt.com