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They Stole Our Revolution

A shot rings out, the clock-springs taut unwind
as Tunisia fresh-quenched is set alight;
the mob's on fire, for opposition head
outspoken Chokri Belaïd is dead.

He aimed to steer the new democracy
in jasmine-scented fragile infancy,
a balance to the government in power,
headed by 'Renaissance' Ennahda.

But murder paints a red line too extreme,
"uncrossable" in our mentality
they say. Not like Algeria next door
which suffered such a bloody civil war.

As Chokri rests in Jellaz cemetery
a climate cold of fear reclaims the streets.
'They stole our revolution,' screams the crowd,
what bearing will the Arab Spring set now?



Poetry

  1. Publish and Be Banned. In Kerrie Pateman (ed.), Behind the Headlines. Poetry Now, May 1995, p.32, ISBN 1 85731 463 8
  2. Let Slip the Dogs of War. In Kerrie Pateman (ed.), Living in the 20th Century, Poetry Now, Sept 1995, p.194, ISBN 1 85731 621 5
  3. Nobody Asked Me! In Kerrie Pateman (ed.), Stirred but Not Shaken, Poetry Now, Oct 1995, p.128, ISBN 1 85731 676 2
  4. No Pain, No Gain. In Kerrie Pateman (ed.), Home is Where the Heart is, Poetry Now, 1995, ISBN 1 86188 451 6
  5. Better Red than Dead. In Kerrie Pateman (ed.), Poets Say Cheese, Poetry Now, Jan 1996, p.44, ISBN 1 85731 642 8
  6. Nine Lives. In Kerrie Pateman (ed.), Animal Matters, National Antivivisection Soc., Spring 1996, p.202, ISBN 1 85731 673 8
  7. Death Certificate. In Andrew Head (ed.), Euthanasia. Poetry Now. March 1996. p.1, ISBN 1 85731 623 1
  8. Brief Palinode - Piccola Palinodia, In In Other Words, J. Literary Translators, Soc. Authors, Spring 1996, ISSN 1361 911X (translation of Dacia Maraini)
  9. Italy the Courtesan, In In Other Words, J. Literary Translators, Soc. Authors, Spring 1996, ISSN 1361 911X (translation of Dacia Maraini)
  10. Choice Cut. In NightMares, Poetry Now, Spring 1996, ISBN 1 85731 659 2
  11. What in the World? In State of the Nation, Poetry Now, Spring 1996, ISBN 1 86188 470 2
  12. Bianca. In Andrew Head (ed.), The World of Horses. Poetry Now, Spring 1996, ISBN 1 86188 480 X
  13. How Now Brown Cow. In Andrew Head (ed.), A Paler Shade of Green, Poetry Now, Summer 1996, ISBN 1 86188 496 5
  14. 4 am Under Annapurna. In Andrew Head (ed.), Destinations, Poetry Now, Forward Press, Autumn 1996, ISBN 1 86188 423 0
  15. Snowblind. In Andrew Head (ed.), Good Times, Poetry Now, Forward Press, Nov 1996, ISBN 1 86188 438 9 / 433 8
  16. Eclipse. In Quiet Moments, Int. Library Poetry, Autumn 1996, ISBN 1 57553 180 1. Third Prize, Internat. Poetry Competition. Editor's Choice
  17. Eclipse. In The Sound of Poetry (tape series), Int. Library Poetry, Autumn 1996, ISBN 1 57553 180 1
  18. The Assassination of Physik's Companion, In Between a Laugh and a Tear, Int. Soc. Poetry, Dec 1996, ISBN 1 57553 179 8. Third Prize
  19. The Other Side. In Blaze of Glory, Poetry Now, 1996, ISBN 1 86188 402 8
  20. Seven Deadly Warriors. In Seven, Poetry Now, 1996, ISBN 1 86188 497 4
  21. Diagnosis. In Turning Points, Poetry Now, 1997, ISBN 1 86188 427 2
  22. Out of Time. In Teaching and Learning, Poetry Now, March 1997, ISBN 1 86188 575 X
  23. Freedom Fighters. In Precious Thoughts, Poetry Now, May 1997, ISBN 1 86188 557 / 552
  24. The Lie. In From the Heart, Poetry Today. April 1997. ISBN 1 86226 009 5
  25. La Dolce Vita. In Poets' Platform, Arrival Press, March 1997, ISBN 1 85786 551 0
  26. My Seventh Day. In A Day in the Life of ..., Poetry Now, Forward Press, Jan 1997, ISBN 1 86188 469 9
  27. Passion – A Plucked Flower. In Heather Killingray (ed.), Poet's Platter, Anchor Books, May 1997, ISBN 1 85930 429 X / 4249
  28. The Garland-Maker. In Candid Verse, Arrival Press, May 1997, ISBN 1 85786 523 5 / 518 9
  29. Above Katmandu. In Light of the World, Internat. Library of Poetry, June 1997, ISBN 1 57553 413 8
  30. Above Katmandu. In The Sound of Poetry (tape series), Internat. Library of Poetry, 1997
  31. Go Quietly. In International Poets, Arrival Press, 1997, ISBN 1 85786 520 0
  32. Cow Hide. In Respect Too, Poetry Now, 1997, ISBN 1 86188 459 1
  33. The Blackbird's Melancholy. In Heather Killingray (ed.), Whispers in The Trees, Anchor Books, June 1997, ISBN 1 83930 469 9 / 464 8
  34. The Girl from Mesopotamia. In With Love, Arrival Press, Sept 1997, ISBN 1 85786 560 X
  35. David. In Words of Praise, Triumph House, Sept 1997. ISBN 1 86161 355
  36. Nostalgia. In Tim Sharp (ed.), Poetic Destinations, Arrival Press, Sept 1997. ISBN 1 85786 611 8 / 611 7. Commended by Editor
  37. The Isonzo River. In The Star-Laden Sky, Internat. Library of Poets, Dec 1997, ISBN 1 57553 414 2. Third Prize, Internat. Poetry Competition
  38. The Isonzo River. In The Sound of Poetry (tape series), Internat. Library of Poetry, Dec 1997
  39. Macho. In Andrew Head (ed.), Cardboard City, Poetry Now, 1997, p132, ISBN 1 86188 516 4 / 511 3
  40. Istrian Paradise. In Andrew Head (ed.), My Pleasure Is..., Poetry Now, Dec 1997, ISBN-13 978-18578 662 30, ISBN-10 18578 661 86
  41. Bordering on Insanity. In Forward Press Poets 2008 - South & East England, Nov 2008, ISBN-10 184418479X, ISBN-13 978-1844184798
  42. Abingdon's Alder. In Forward Press Poets 2009 - UK Inspirations, Jan 2010, ISBN-10 1844185176, ISBN-13 978-1844185177
  43. Down Carcassonne Way. In Forward Press Regionals 2010 – The South & South West of England, Dec 2010, ISBN-10 1844185583, ISBN-13 978-1844185580
  44. Bulletins from the East-West Border. Collection of 60 poems. Biggin pub., 2011, ISBN 978-0956841209
  45. Dreamshreds. In Under Your Spell, Forward Press, Jan 2011, ISBN-10 1844185648, ISBN-13 978-1844185641
  46. The Dunes near Dunkerque. In The Colour of War, Poetry Now, June 2011, ISBN-10 1844185680, ISBN-13 978-1844185689
  47. School for Scandal. In Schoolyard Secrets, Forward Press, Oct 2011, ISBN-10 1844185737, ISBN-13 978-1844185733
  48. Tea-Time in Le Marche. In Forward Poetry Regionals 2011 - A World of Verse, Nov 2011, ISBN-10 1844185893, ISBN-13 978-1844185894
  49. Diminishing Returns. In Uplifting Moments, United Press, Winter 2011
  50. Chasing My Tail. In A Symphony of Life: A Collection of Poetry, Forward Poetry, Jan 2012, ISBN-10 0857397273 ISBN-13 978-0857397270
  51. Bulletins from the East-West Border, 2nd Edn, Blurb Press, May 2012, ISBN 978-0956841216
  52. Windbag - To Aeolus. In In The Mind's Eye, United Press, Spring 2012
  53. History of the Book. In Mature Times, Spring 2012. www.maturetimes.co.uk/ lifestyle/interests/writing-poetry/1148-history-of-the-book.html
  54. Syrian Lament. In It's A Colourful Life, United Press, Summer 2012, ISBN 978-1857852803
  55. A Death in Venice. In Aspects of Love - A Collection of Poetry, Forward Poetry, Sept 2012, ISBN-10 1844186016, ISBN-13 978-1844186013
  56. Tall Story. In Spring to Life, Forward Poetry, Oct 2012, ISBN-10 184418613X, ISBN-13 978-1844186136
  57. Gloriana. In Diamond Jubilee, Forward Poetry, Oct 2012, ISBN-10 1844186067, ISBN-13 978-1844186068
  58. Innate Innit! In Inspired - A Collection of Poetry, Forward Poetry, Oct 2012, ISBN-10 1844186075 ISBN-13 978-1844186075
  59. The Magic of Preseli. In Forward Poetry Regionals 2012 - Near & Far, Oct 2012, ISBN-10 1844186199, ISBN-13 978-1844186198
  60. Primroses in November. In Fear Itself - A Collection of Poetry, Forward Poetry, Oct 2012, ISBN-10 1844186024, ISBN-13 978-1844186020
  61. I Was Only Six. In Down Memory Lane - A Collection of Poetry, Forward Poetry, Jan 2013, ISBN-10 1844186253, ISBN-13 978-1844186259
  62. Pushkin. In Endless Love - Heart's Desire, Forward Poetry, Sept 2013, ISBN-10 1844186377, ISBN-13 978-1844186372
  63. Loss of Irony. In The World At War - Poems From The Battlefield, Forward Poetry, Sept 2013, ISBN-10 1844186415, ISBN-13 978-1844186419
  64. The Black Sheep. In New Beginnings, Forward Poetry, Jan 2014, ISBN-10 184418661X, ISBN-13 978-1844186617
  65. Robin, A Bird's Eye View. In Animal Antics 2013, Forward Poetry, Jan 2014, ISBN-10 1844186660, ISBN-13 978-1844186662
  66. They Stole Our Revolution. In Vice Verses - A Collection of Poetry, Forward Poetry, Jan 2014, ISBN-10 1844186695, ISBN-13 978-1844186693
  67. Beloved Istrian Paradise. In Poetry Obsessions, Forward Poetry, Jan 2014, ISBN-10 1844186644, ISBN-13 978-1844186648
  68. Ginkgo - Sui Generis. In An Ode to..., Forward Poetry, July 2014, ISBN-10 1844186741, ISBN-13 978-1844186747
  69. The Foundling. In Everlasting Words - A Collection of Poetry, Forward Poetry, Sept 2014, ISBN-10 1844186776, ISBN-13 978-1844186778
  70. Polar Puzzle. In Poems for Children, Forward Poetry, Oct 2014, ISBN-10 1844186814, ISBN-13 978-1844186815

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