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

Eduard Schmidt-Zorner

Demagogue

 

 

Like a stone rolling from a hill

Is the tirade of a demagogue,

who is holding a leaflet in the air

like the lost sole of a shoe

 

I hit a nail into the bench

Next to where I sit, to prevent him

To take rest after his rant

And to let my heart in peace

 

How heavy they are,

those stone posters.

How empty those tirades are,

those stone words, which burden the souls.

 

 

World in Fire

 

 

Red sun, pale moon,

black stars, omen of doom.

Storm tossed world,

times in a waft of mist, hurled.

Banshees washing blood-stained clothes

when people die in battles.

Under kettles… burning embers,

smouldering bonfire of nature, which remembers

lost empathy.

On the swords, dried blood, portending evil,

harvest eaten by weevil, dour, ugly warriors.

A red coloured horizon in frantic fire.

Wood heaped for an eternal pyre.

 

Moving times of wrath

choking the throat, in temper,

clenching a rough fist full of resentment,

drowning in blind anger.

 

Searching a hand, which is offering liberation,

shelter and happiness

in the bleak empty times of loneliness,

which fill me with sorrow and horror,

which deny a horizon, a tomorrow,

blocking our paths in a brazen way,

preventing us to climb to heights,

to the light of day.

So that a beam strikes us and lights up our life

lifts us out of the darkness, a sharp knife

to cut the strings,

weaving eternal ropes around us.

 

Eduard Schmidt-Zorner is a translator and writer of poetry, haibun, and short stories. He writes haibun, tanka, haiku and poetry in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German and holds workshops on Japanese and Chinese style poetry and prose. Member of four writer groups in Ireland and lives in County Kerry, Ireland, for more than 25 years and is a proud Irish citizen, born in Germany (1946). Published in 61 anthologies, literary journals and broadsheets in UK, Ireland, Canada and USA. Writes also under his pen name: Eadbhard McGowan.

From Rutenga to Cape Town Bay

 

 

The train roars through the night,

crawling through the day,

stomps to the beat of the track bumps

vibrating swivel plates and bolts responding,

the land's echo resounding

nadonga donga ...the melody.

Africa, shaped as an oval plate,

a black slate,

written on, erased, labelled again,

yesterday, today, tomorrow,

a vast terrain.

 

Africa, shaped as an oval plate,

a table set with exotic food:

patata root,

rose harissa, aubergine,

bananas, coconut, beans,

okra, mango,

coriander and cilantro.

Served with lamb and tomato stew

mutton, teff and fufu,

antelope and crocodile,  

perch from the Nile.

 

Africa, shaped as a painting

composed of earthy colours

brown, red, terracotta,

framed with green and sienna

blue and ochre

amber.

 

Africa, shaped as a sculpture:

mountains, oasis, green pasture

rain forest, mangrove swamps,

lakes and savannas,

deserts, highlands.

Africa shaped as luscious jewellery

adorned with rubies and emeralds,

blue sapphires

and aquamarines,

precious diamonds.

 

Africa, shaped as an oval plate,

a black slate,

written on, erased, wiped off, forgotten

today, tomorrow, rotten.

 

Africa, shaped as oval plate

high infant mortality rate,

Empty tables, people deprived of food,

all exported, exhorted.

 

Africa, shaped as a painting,

composed with dark colours of death,

skin grey, festering purple,

the colour of blood mixing with the sod,

camouflage green, faint marine.

 

Africa, shaped as a sculpture

exploited, bent and deserted.

On the wall the vulture

watching his prey.

Towns vacated.

 

Africa shaped as luscious jewelleries

violated, robbed,

diamonds are tears

and rubies are blood.