Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! ! Zimbabwe - An Echo - Poem by Michael Shepherd

The day before yesterday
they dealt with the terminally ill to free the hospitals.
Yesterday,
they dealt with those who did not contribute to the economy.
Today,
they dealt with those who oppose the government.
Tomorrow,
they will deal with those who have heard of a better life.
Next week,
do not be surprised at the truck
with bloodstains on its tailboard
at your gate tooting its impatient horn.


Comments about ! ! Zimbabwe - An Echo by Michael Shepherd

  • (8/25/2007 11:08:00 AM)


    'Ask not for whom the bell tolls - - - - - - ' We never know, do we? ? (Report) Reply

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  • (7/13/2007 2:06:00 PM)


    '..and when they came for me, there was no one...'
    A lesson not to be forgotten.
    God bless Pastor Niemoller
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  • (3/13/2007 12:46:00 PM)


    powerful stuff. good to read/bad to read - if you know what i mean. al (Report) Reply

  • (3/8/2007 6:46:00 AM)


    Powerful! Such a cold, unfeeling euphemism, 'dealt.' Kyrie Eleison! (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2006 7:29:00 AM)


    You sum up Zimbabwe very well, Michael. There is the sense of inevitably that moves the passive onlooker. (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2005 3:53:00 PM)


    It makes such ruthless Malthusian logic - less food, so fewer mouths...and though I hardly like to verbalise this - 'AIDS' takes on a new old meaning in this context... (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2005 12:46:00 PM)


    Jefferson - 'Send not to ask for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee'... (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2005 11:57:00 AM)


    I was moved by this Michael.. not least the implied inevitability.. (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2005 11:07:00 AM)


    Well said, Michael. A good addition to Chris' request. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 11, 2010


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