venice-2014-16

in Venice, night
comes wishing for peace
finding none as
crowds’ babel fades
stark shadows, apparitions
arise to dance, perhaps
in delight, freedom, perhaps
in protest for the hand
of treachery, lashed to
Sol’s ebb and flow
endlessly

photo and poem (c) by DC Lessoway

Vancouver-2016-08

crown
ruler
god on earth
their pitched battles
masters and solders
bring civilization
at barbarous blade point
grandeur imperial crux
ingest, assimilate, consume
conquer mighty forests, rivers, wildlife
subjugate indigenous populations
decree, upon edict, upon proclamation
cracks find a portage in absolute power
resulting conflict, civil and world-wide
clear landscapes of cold-blooded monarchs
revolution at the ballot
atonement in common sense
skin-deep humanity
detached history
still, truth will out
clear hurdles
ways to
peace

photo and poem (c) by DC Lessoway

venice-2014-01

history bows to the conqueror
blesses the new union of might
then dulls former glories
yet in shadows lurk, truths
unflagging, unwavering, inexpungeable
staunch veracity, waiting for a laying
open of veins beneath rubble deemed
irrelevant, trivial, rubbish, not
for the living to engage

photo and poem (c) by DC Lessoway