Something is rotten in the states of Europe
children fighting for survival tear-gassed
at close range
into the eyes
down the throat.
Something is rotten in the Jungle
refugee children starving
sent away from terror to suffer in horror
or be killed on the road to a better life.
Something is rotten in the states of America
land of the free capital of liberty.
Is something rotten at the heart of humanity?
Woman’s Hour, Radio 4, August 3rd, 2016.
Dave Urwin is a Mancunian poet living in west Wales. Some of his poetry is on http://www.jadedmountain.wordpress.com.