I Hate Found Poems and I Do Not Claim This One
words by Gabriel Cardinoza, formatting by Jim Pascual Agustin
Five-year-old Danica Mae
Garcia, who was felled
last week by a bullet intended
for her grandfather, was buried
at the public cemetery here
on Wednesday. Some 150 relatives
and neighbors joined the funeral
procession. They waded in floodwater
that rose by half a meter
on a 100-meter stretch
of the road from Danica’s house
at Barangay Mayombo beside Pantal River,
which had been swollen
due to monsoon rain
and high tide in the past days.
No government official showed up
at the burial of the collateral damage
in President Duterte’s
war on illegal drugs.
You need to silence those who seek to expose all those dark deeds. You trust nothing but your fist, the barrel of a gun, the whisperers of deceit. You surround yourself with others who either share your fear or who fear you enough to stay in line. Those who show they have a mind of their own are easy targets for your venom. You sit on your throne of bones. You tell yourself you are just because you are mighty. You need not explain your actions. They speak for themselves.
Ecuador grants asylum to Wikileaks founder.
THANK YOU, ECUADOR!
‘What in the World?’ is an Irish series of tv documentaries presented and produced by Peadar King. (See also http://kmfproductions.net) In this episode, Peadar King travels to Mauritius to meet the original inhabitants of the Chagos Islands (Indian Ocean). The Chagos Islanders were secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base on the main island of Diego Garcia. For more information and updates on the plight of the Chagossians, please visit the website of the UK Chagos Support Association at http://www.chagossupport.org.uk.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION – GO TO http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/let-the-chagos-islanders-return-home.html
I first posted the following poem in May 2009. I hope you don’t mind a second read.
Rounding Up The Dogs of the Children Who Died of Sadness
Monsters came one day, dressed
in stiff uniforms. They were fed
largely on red meat and so had grown
like giants compared to the islanders.
They scarred the land as they drove,
engines growling like hungry beasts,
churning sand and dust into the terrified
eyes of the children. Those little
Brown arms grew powerless at the sight
of fists clutching the collars of their pets.
Never before had they seen such dark
nightmares. The monsters had come
To gather all the dogs of the island.
They were taken amid screams and cries,
hearts cracking like husked coconuts
flung against jagged rocks.
Kangaroos wielding swords jumped all over the stage as the South African National Prosecuting Authority presented the nation with bits of gossip with the odd expletive (“f**kings”) in the form of questionable recordings. This hour-long scripted show was the culmination of weeks of primping and pimping through the press, leaks of sorts, but more akin to what one might do to a piece of meat before being shoved in the fire. I have never tasted kangaroo meat.
THIS IS A DARK DAY FOR JUSTICE
This Zapiro cartoon was printed days before the NPA circus commenced.
The funny thing is that during the media presentation, er.. circus show, the NPA repeatedly said that there was still a very strong case of fraud, money laundering, corruption, etc. against ANC President Zuma. But apparently gossip trumps facts and evidence. If the ANC can get its way just before the elections, what do you think they’ll do after? Oh, wait, they have been doing this all along. First task was getting rid of the Scorpions Unit, the high-level investigative force that was in pursuit of a lot of ANC members’ shady dealings.
Then the way had to be cleared for the rightful rising to power of a martyr. Pretty sure there will be a song and dance routine practiced to perfection before a mob not that different from the one that chanted “Burn the Bitch!” outside the courts while a rape trial was underway.
Here is one opinion on the dropping of all corruption charges against Zuma.
And the text of the announcement – a show trial by any measure.