Lea Simpson

Rookie (16 October 1979 / Johannesburg)

Blanket Bombs Descend - Poem by Lea Simpson

Ghost flights piloted by evil men
Flying overhead
More young soldiers sent to war
En route to join the dead

A sick and cold child shivers
But only blanket bombs descend
Global warming dries up rivers
And our army’s all we’ll send

Middle America with giant asses
Force fed like the meat they devoured
Patriotic working classes
Exploited but feeling empowered

What shall we call this new democracy?
We’ll put you in power then you do as you please
Sounds more like hypocrisy
Like a war with an imaginary enemy

This fear mongered kind of democracy
I think we’ll call it reality


Comments about Blanket Bombs Descend by Lea Simpson

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage Jayatissa K. Liyanage (10/15/2015 11:36:00 AM)

    Lets call it demoncracy. Hats off to your courage to call black, a black. Thanks for sharing.+10 (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (10/15/2015 5:17:00 AM)

    War is not the answer to peace! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Esther Leclerc (10/23/2006 8:50:00 AM)

    Middle America with giant asses
    Force fed like the meat they devoured
    Force fed to the war machine, etc. - this poem is full of strong imagery (cold child/blanket... bombs) and bitter assertions, an excellent write. (Report) Reply

  • Séamus Fox (8/4/2006 12:23:00 AM)

    Lovely piece Lea loved the shivering child and then only blanket bombs great turn of phrase.

    Séamus (Report) Reply

  • Declan McHenry (7/23/2006 5:26:00 AM)

    An insightful piece Lea. Neatly brought out. (Report) Reply

  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (6/22/2006 7:16:00 AM)

    i love the acrimony of this piece. the acid drips from every word. i particularly liked:

    Global warming dries up rivers
    And our army’s all we’ll send

    true, it seems there are bigger problems to tackle. leave it up to the Current Administration to make a bad situation worse. fine job, this.

    Jake (Report) Reply

  • Moya Levy (2/27/2006 3:06:00 PM)

    This is really good Lea, I like it, Moyaxx (sorry not very articulate very tired!) (Report) Reply

  • Willow Moon Pearce Willow Moon Pearce (2/13/2006 3:48:00 PM)

    A poem that strikes home..............regards..............willow pearce (Report) Reply

  • Viren Dangwal (2/8/2006 7:42:00 AM)

    this is excellent lea, the crde reality of the modern most democracies.and i dont think there is always a need to rhyme your poems.sometimes they are better without that. (Report) Reply

  • Chuck Audette (2/1/2006 4:55:00 PM)

    Some cutting, accurate lines. Perfect title. Agree with Earnest, at the line
    'We’ll put you in power...' I tripped and fell. -chuck (8) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 30, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 1, 2006


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