Isaiah’s Red

help poster Russia 1921 famine by Orlov
[Poem from 2009. Achtung, it’s ‘political’. The phrase ‘That Art Thou’ or ‘Tat Twam Asi’, is from the Bhagavad Ghita. Image is a poster by Orlov asking for help during the Russian famine of 1921. This one’s also for Kristi visiting family in Kentucky.]

Isaiah’s Red

to be in this world
but not of it
is easier said than done

to realise: That
Art Thou

is easier said than done

almost half think torture
is OK if our boys do it
to theirs, Hiroshima
was, on balance,
necessary & some politician
is going to fix it

meanwhile Isaiah
has another glass
of that superb red,
Greenland melts
& children in China
breathe in the poisons
of our flash junk

so many good people
dead

so many good people
stuck in the loving
savage nets
of kin & skin

so many good people

so much decency
so much
evil

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~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on July 3, 2014.

One Response to “Isaiah’s Red”

  1. “to be in this world but not of it…”
    this feels like the double life i lead…
    thanx for the lift peter !

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