Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)


European Heritage Invasion Versus Pacific Peace Isolation - Poem by Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

Your heritage childhood learning post communist Yugoslavia
splintered by bitter nationalism rural urban divisive civil war
I isolation the Buller West Coast South Island New Zealand
province values were old country colonial family status core

we embrace histories of diversity invasions splinter identities
religion belief nationality posed threats to communist policies
religious differences between Orthodox Serbs Catholic Croats
and Muslim Bosniaks mixes into volatile political aspirations

in contrast isolated colony New Zealand enters European wars
under the banner of British Empire assumes her own identities
heritage ancestry denomination Christian mixes with Polynesian
the government encourages Asian immigration multiculturalism

post Maori New Zealand Wars NZ embraced peace in isolation
post Yugoslavia accepts European power surge manipulation?
accept 'the situation in the terrain' common message it's a mess
up manipulation crime spiral from local to global level policies?


Copyright © Terence George Craddock


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Last two lines based upon a quote by Miroslava Odalovic.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 31, 2012



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