This is Manchester

the arena

Damascus street

Cypriot shore


gored the living and dead

“Wait a minute tell you (ah)
Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang”


forever ash in mouth,

your baby dead,


barrel bombed

in Syria,

pointless political statement

you don’t care about,

your child forever dead

nobody cares, nobody brings her back

you need to die and kill

someone before you do


this monster

murdered your baby

the same

you kill and die,

you are him

somebody’s baby

Syria or Yemen

forever snatched.


the pile gets taller

politicians keep winning

people keep dying

part of a chain

to break


you want to die

to kill a few on the way

yesterday you

a salesman

worried summer vacation

what middle school

for your daughter.


now none matters

Manchester today,

Fuck United and a beer!

your mates buy you a pint

you will be excited

for ManU

and cotton

and steel?

  1. no. no.

About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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