Friday, 1 July 2016

poem / Somme 100





Siegfried Sassoon




Somme 100


How many poor soldiers died at the Somme?
How many were immigrants? Where were they from?
And how many soldiers have died since then?
One hundred years of war and men

Never learning, we vote, and listen to
Plump politicians like magicians who
Will empty your coffers and fill your news
With causes to fill soldiers shoes

We're tired of bombs and pomp and glory
War is futile and war is gory
Westminster cunts in suits and ties
Killing people and telling lies

Siegfried Sassoon haunts me here
We must fight for love and fight the fear
He wishes we'd make some peace and good
And unity in our neighbourhood

How many poor poets died at the Somme?
How many were immigrants? Where were they from?
And how many soldiers have died since then?
One hundred years of war and men.

One hundred years of men, and war, again.




(c) Salena Godden. July 1st 2016



rare image of a black "Tommy" from WW1



GIGS, FESTIVALS AND PARTIES:

June 29th: Soapbox Poetry, The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

July 9th: 'Stand Up And Spit' The Roundhouse, Camden, London


July 15th: BookSlam with PJ Harvey and Tracy Thorn


July 23rd: Festival 23  

August 1st: 'The Good Immigrant' at The Roundhouse, Camden

August 4th: William Morris Gallery, London


August 18th: Neu Reekie, Edinburgh International Book Festival


September 2-4th: Churchtown, Cornwall

October 7th: Cheltenham Literary Festival

October 12-15: Durham Literary Festival

October 19th: Manchester Literary Festival


October 21st: ArchWay With Words Festival supporting Suzi Quatro