Songs Of Love And Hate by Alan Catlin

After all the songs of love
and hate, blood in the gutters
at riot’s end, new wars for old
warriors intent on sending
the young off to die.
After the tear gas has been
exploded, rubber bullets fired,
low clouds of gas and smoke
and burning car exhaust.
After the street musicians have
been routed, instruments broken,
begging bowls turned into helmets
to ward off truncheon blows.
After the mounted cops,
the armored cars, plexi-glass
shield wielding storm troopers
have cleared the streets.
After trauma units have been
filled, emptied and filled again.
After peace is proclaimed and
there is no one there to listen,
the locked off licenses are
reopened, beer runs made,
the Occupation begun, it’s time
party hard like it’s 1968.

Alan Catlin is a widely published poet in the US of A and elsewhere.  His most recent book is “Books of the Dead: a memoir with poetry” about the deaths of his parents.  He is a retired professional barman and the editor of the online poetry zine  misfitmagazine.net.

Alan Catlin is a widely published poet in the US of A and elsewhere. His most recent book is “Books of the Dead: a memoir with poetry” about the deaths of his parents. He is a retired professional barman and the editor of the online poetry zine misfitmagazine.net.

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