I AM FROM THE 20 CENTURY, Poetry by Miriam Beza

Genre: Society

 I am from the wars and destruction
I am from learning and creation
I am from reading and writing,
research and application
I am from neon white light,
from telephone, television and cinema delight
I am from the thick brush of Impressionists
the dreamy fine brush of Expressionists
I am from Cubists and Post War realists
The conceptual art and contraceptive pill
from rock & roll and punk in the mix
From tower blocks that look like a prison
from airy glass towers and steel
that pierce the sky, lit by neon
I am from laser, the beam that cures or kills
I am from uranium that kills or cures
I am from gluttonous self indulgence
I am from famine and war
I am from all of those and more

Miriam Beza

 

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After the War, Poetry by Miriam Beza

 Genre: Family, Love, War

Sunday, April 27, 2014 MVB

After the war

He was six when he arrived- a refugee among the many.

At least he had his mother

A London grey, wet, full of blasts

Like old man’s teeth with empty gaps

At least he went to school.

A Church of England girl’s school.

The boys’ school lie there in a pile of rabble.

At least he made a friend

And found a cat.

It looked so hungry and he took it home

His mother said it was a she, her coat was black

The paws were white He called her ‘Socks.

At least she had a name now.

The war was over, the party had died down.

At least the mother’s lover went.

And dad, he only knew from stories came.

A stranger troubled by bad dreams

He said they had to go and start afresh.

Go home and leave the cat and friends

 

 

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