RJF – A cold bleak winter comes

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A cold bleak winter comes

Ruswa Fatehpuri

 

This is a cold bleak winter

And it will last for years to come

 

Grieve. Take time to grieve and heal

For you are right to feel this losing as a loss

And mourn, our country could not choose

A decent man who can’t be bought

 

This is a cold bleak winter

And it will last for years to come

 

Be kind. Kindness is our calling card

However hard the freezing wall of words

And in the chill of these self-centred times

Be the warmth that seeks the greater good

 

This is a cold bleak winter

And it will last for years to come

 

Smile. Smile because our comradeship is joy

No ploy of media or artifice, buffoon veneer

Should steal the gift that is your smile

Smile at the harried doctor, fatigued nurse

Smile and acknowledge at the least

The homeless huddled in the doorway

Smile for the delivery guy, paid by the parcel

Smile even for those who have betrayed

The rights for which their parents fought

The fight for freedom vainly sought

To be baptised in bigotry

 

Grieve, for those who lost their way

Be kind and say only that which heals

And smile to warm this cold bleak winter

That we may last until the spring can come

 

RJF2019

END

Something in a similar vein from Jack Monroe

Check out the Ruswa Fatehpuri chapbook 

 

Image and Other Stories Synopses

Image: Robert strikes a bargain to protect his image from his crimes and misdemeanours, but can he trust the Image Consultant? [originally an NYC entry]

Ali Baba and the Little Thief: Long after his adventures with the forty thieves Ali Baba is a vagrant, travelling from town to town telling his story for drinks and tips. Did any of it really happen, or is it just a cover for his thievery?

All in the Mind: Penny died in a car crash and has been painstakingly resurrected by Jep to fulfil her childhood dream of running in the Olympics. When she learns about her past she has to make some hard decisions about her future. [originally an NYC entry]

The Lethe Cluster: A starship captain on the edge of an abyss writes his final words to his wife, and reflects upon his legacy, and what he would like to remember. [originally an NYC entry]

No Good Deed: May sets out to hack the largest lottery ever drawn, and prove her childhood mentor wrong. [originally an NYC entry]

Stillness and Dancing: In the mining town of Harding to misfits try and find their place against the backdrop of a strike.

The Alchemy of Life: An old man with strange powers is asked to save the life of a King. Can anyone live with the terrible consequences of his actions?

 

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  • Ali Baba (endychristianxiia1.wordpress.com)