the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
 
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
 
i am an unmarried mother
 
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
 
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
rebirth
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...
 

This time I will remember 

This time I will remember

A mother caressing her dead son’s forehead

Preparing him pre-maturely for his final destination 

This time I will remember

Innocent diners lined up and shot at point blank

Caught in somebody else’s war 

This time I will remember

Blood splattered walls with grotesque imagery

Freshly burnt flesh shattered mirrors and broken lives 

This time I will remember

A mother and her two young kids charred beyond recognition

While the Dad put public good ahead of the personal 

This time I will remember

Gun totting terrorists creating mayhem on the streets

Target practicing at a railway station 

This time I will remember

Backpackers at a cafe or receptionists at a hotel

Reduced to pieces for no reason 

This time I will remember

How like vultures our politicians encircle dead bodies

And feed on the rotting flesh 

This time I will remember

How they usurp Z class security at our expense

And let us be killed like flies 

This time I will remember

How our oily babus clamour for promotions

While a plane for commandos lies buried in files 

This time I will not forget

I will let my wounds fester

I will continue to rage against these parasites

I will demand accountability

I will not allow countless lives to be broken

I will not allow politicians to divide us 

This time I will remember

And I will prevail 



1 December 2008