Different Lines

Different Lines

The street looks different through scratched Perspex and burning petrol. Buildings and people morph into a grey spectrum – speed of shadows providing distinction. Despite hundreds of voices chanting “kill the pigs” and the thud of bricks and scaffolding poles on riot shields, I still hear my heartbeat and taste fear inside choking acrid smoke. God placed me in a privileged box and I struggle to connect with their rage, their poverty, their isolation; thinking only of how to keep family and friends away from a eulogy.

Anger floods the street
Waves of hatred roll against
The Establishment

© Davy D 2017

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Thought provoking indeed.
Were you in danger, or is this empathetic fiction?

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When I see video footage of riots or protest marches turned ugly, I feel exactly as your piece says. And I wonder how much of that anger has been instigated by people whose sole purpose is to stir up things: malcontents, anarchists, extreme leftwingers etc?

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    I think in some cases that is true Carol, but in others it is the anger and repression that turns people on to the streets because they feel there is no other option. I also think it varies from country to country. Thanks for taking time out to read and comment.

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This is powerful, Davy. Hatred is a scary force; it seems to mobilize the worst in mankind. Great writing!

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This is so powerful and seemed so true i hope this is just fiction davy.. otherwise be well

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Oh wow, D! This!!
First, it’s a breath of fresh air to read your haibun. Very pensive, I must say. I love everything about it. Second, you sound like the poet version of George Orwell and this is his 1984 written in a poetic way. ❤

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a few weeks ago I was touched by another blogger’s daily struggle with racism, gang fights, drugs and lots o violence in his own neighbourhood and thought how comfortable I was in my high glass walled home. Appreciate your same sentiment here, what do we do besides protect our own, do we put ourselves in the line of fire for others when we can just hide? aren’t we called to arms? But at what expense will we give it all up? As usual lots to think after reading thoughts from inside the mind of DavyD! thank you!

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I’ve just realised how little we consider such stand-offs from the aspect of the one behind the perspex shield. You make the point simply but so effectively, Davy, and we all should appreciate the service of our police to law-and-order, whatever the justifications might be for the demonstrators’ cause.

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Really simple and profound statement Mr D. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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WOW, strong writing, Davy (“keeping family and friends away from a eulogy”)–well done–and I’m so sorry about the melee; I saw just a short news story tonight.

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Hi Davy! It is so refreshing that you can see both sides of this sort of thing. I just wanted to thank you for it. It’s hard for me to express how deeply I appreciate it.

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Davy, this is excellent. I can feel the tension, anger and fear. I had a feeling it was based on experience as I was reading. Then, the comments confirmed my suspicions. You must feel relieved to be done with that part of your life.

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    Mixed feelings sometimes Laura. Although I am happy to have got through the 30 years mainly unscathed I do miss the adrenaline rushes that were part of the job. Now I have to recreate them in my writing 🙂

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Being this was a first hand experience for you, it had to be frightening. I will never understand why people have to loot, destroy property, and hurt innocent people in order to make a point.

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    I won’t lie Eugenia, you train for these things but when they happen it is always scary. I don’t understand why it happens like this either. Maybe people feel there is no other way to bring attention to what is happening, but that is never an excuse.

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Davy, this is powerful writing! I especially love the last line and short poem which follows…If only more of the “Establishment,” had your level of compassion & sensitivity, the world would be in much better shape.😃

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this is such a powerful piece. the burning emotions smokes within your well-thought-of lines. this haibun is indeed fiery.

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Tank you once again, Davy. We cannot tolerate hatred.

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I love this haibun. The prose is fabulous and so is the ku.

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