New Poetry Showcase from Peter Hague

*These first two poems were written in response to the war in Ukraine and first published on Twitter. They will appear in a new volume of poetry in September* The last poem is from Peter’s book ‘Louder Prayers’

The Poor Pariah

Where will the world go now without Russia –  
without its complex weave of power and monstrosity? 
Where will the world move to sit apart 
from these endless instalments of misread glory; 
from beyond this confusion of the rebirth of empire. 

The philosophical conversation of war and peace 
still burns in the anxiety of the Russian hearth – 
with the crime and punishment of jealous blood, 
where the vanity of conquerers justifies death. 

We will need a place where their guns are silent 
now we have found our own guns wanting or misplaced. 
We will disguise our weakness with sanctions and aid, 
while firing sterile criticism at logistical targets – 
wounding ourselves with the backlash of expectation; 
falling for the politics of jingoistic representation. 

Mediocrity has been embraced by the crumbling West 
and nursed to a position of fragile health. 
We will conduct a proxy war of pompous psychology, 
passing forth munitions from an imagined safety – 
while always underestimating the crude march of ambition 
and the patriotic fervour in the idiot soul. 

And Death Shall Have No Opinion?

If I wear your flag on my lapel 
will it help you win the futility of war? 
Or will you be displaced by reckless courage –   
buried beneath the illusion you were fighting for. 
My badge of promises may not be secure; 
it may lead you up a deadly path – 
where the earth is scorched and the trees grotesque 
and we all play dead in the aftermath. 


A skein of geese crossed my path; 
high in my window and heading north.
I was on a treadmill – ebbing into the future; 
moving like a time machine – 
moving like a V shape. 

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By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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