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Hunger, Poverty and The Working Class as Slave Labor

via THE BeZINE, Vol. 4, Issue 2: Hunger, Poverty and The Working Class as Slave Labor

Really pleased to have two poems published in this very special edition of the Bezine amongst such great other contributors!

Love song to Sarajevo

 

Love song to Sarajevo.

 

A love song should be sung with joy not shame

Yes a love song should be sung with joy

But it is with shame that I write

A love song to Sarajevo.

 

I hear of the deaths and the blood spilled

And the killing goes on and on and on

And it is with shame that I write

A love song to Garasda.

 

I heard a Muslim child cry

Rescued but leaving her mother behind

And it is with shame that I write

A love song to Mostar.

 

I heard from the quietness of our radio

A man cry for his Serb sister, lost and unheard

And it is with shame that I write

A love song to Belgrade.

 

A Serb speaks of his anger that the world

Has simply turned away and no longer listens

And it is with shame that I write

A love song to Tuzla.

 

A doctor speaks of the death of the wounded

A hospital bombed and riddled by sniper fire

And it is with shame that I write

A love song to the people.

 

Love songs should be sung with joy

But my heart is filled with pain.

 

 

First published in Rob Cullen’s first poetry collection Uncertain Times – Octavo Press 2016.

©RobCullen2017

A love song to Giulio Regini and the disappeared.

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A love song to Giulio Regini and the disappeared.

 

Your soul is a bright shining flame

A beacon illuminating darkness

For those who stand in days brightness.

It will never light those hiding in shame

 

Your spirit is the brightest of stars

That sparkles glowing in the night sky

So bright it shines through the lie

Of those who took you in their cars.

 

Your name and life will be remembered

Poems will be written about you

Love songs will be sung to you

Your name and life will be remembered.

 

This is a love song to Giulio Regini

And to all those who disappeared

Whose lives and memories are dear

For all those taken from the warmth

Of their families and people they loved

This a love song to sing to the stars

This a love song to sing loud and clear

This is a love song to Giulio Regini.

 

©RobCullen2017