Saturday, December 07, 2013

Poem - Looking Back at Earth


looking back at earth
that pang of regret
will I see her again
or feel the pull of her g
gravity..
the drug of the space junkie
take in small doses only
for now free in flight 
my mind roams unhindered
far behind the networked ad hoardings
their cheap laser light pale 
in the rich black blue of space
starlight reflected in the metal seed
all around
feed me  nurture me  protect me 
as down the fallopian road my ship crawls
a few parsecs more
from the body of the earth mother
just as in far history
the first mothers
carried the ancestors 
on the inside
or so they say
body to body
seed to skin
m times v = f
as I force myself out into
the universe
here I am 
I of earth
I of earth


Saturday, November 30, 2013

European businesses & existence and expansion of illegal Israeli settlements

EU involvement in illegal Israeli settlements – ECCP’s presentation in European Parliament


"On November 27th, Michael Deas, ECCP representative and coordinator in Europe with the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), gave a talk in the European Parliament about European businesses involvement in illegal Israeli settlements. It was the first time that the topic of EU involvement in illegal Israeli settlements was presented in detail in the European Parliament by a civil society organization."

"According to international law as applied in the 2004 International Court of Justice advisory 
opinion on Israel’s wall and settlements, third party states are violating their own obligations to 
not recognize nor render aid or assistance to these serious Israeli violations by allowing financial 
and economic activity with the settlements to continue."





Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Salute to Che Guevara


Che Guevara

October 9 marks 46 years since the cowardly execution of Ernesto Che Guevara, freedom fighter and legendary guerilla of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina...

..to Che...  Hasta Siempre

His father Ernest Guevara Lynch said "The first thing to note is that in my son's veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels", he said in a 1969 interview. He went on: "Che inherited some of the features of our restless ancestors. There was something in his nature which drew him to distant wandering, dangerous adventures and new ideas".



By Drax Ireland

Friday, August 30, 2013

Seamus Heaney (1939 - 2013)


It is with great sorrow and sadness that I report the death of Seamus Heaney in Dublin. I offer my condolences to his wife Marie, and children, Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann.

Seamus Justin Heaney, 13 April 1939 to 30 August 2013.  R.I.P.


--


"The spot is hallow'd where the good man dwells;

Though centuries have laps’d, his words and deeds 

for his remotest offspring still resound”  Goethe


Seamus Heaney was the ultimate poet to me; in his work, his life, his manner, his openness and accessibility. I thought of him as a friendly statue, solid, smiling as I resisted the urge to bow down in his presence. Meeting him at readings down the years he was always the same; kind, considerate, with time to talk and say hello.

Listening Back To Seamus Heaney  with Tom Ashbrook

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Rabindranath Tagore




Take a moment for  Rabindranath Tagore  who died on this day in 1941.

I have an old copy of his Fireflies from the turn of the century and he
 himself said;- 

"Fireflies had their origin in China and Japan where thoughts were very often claimed from me in my hand writing on fans and pieces of silk" 



“The shade of my tree is for passers-by, its fruit for the one for whom I wait.”






“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore  



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The EU Directive on the Occupied Territories » CounterPunch

The EU Directive on the Occupied Territories » CounterPunch

From Counterpunch: This directive forbids any form of EU funding or cooperation with any entity established or operating in “the territories occupied by Israel since 1967”, which “comprise the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.” 

Furthermore, the directive requires that any future agreements between EU states and Israel or any Israeli entity must include a clause specifically asserting that those occupied territories are not part of the State of Israel.


See the full text of the Directive here

By Drax Ireland

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Anew



..when I begin anew
 armed & humbled
by what I have learned
in this world
in this single life
I will stride with a light step
in whatever guise the Goddess chooses
since I am hers to command
in this short eternity and beyond.. 



















The Goddess of Hope by Bertel Thorvaldsen























By Drax Ireland

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

 

About the IPSC

"The IPSC was set up in late 2001 by a group of established Irish human rights and community activists, academics and journalists who were deeply concerned with the current situation in the Occupied Territories. In partnership with Palestinians now living in Ireland the IPSC was formed to provide a voice for Palestine in Ireland."

See Upcoming Events

Whilst we have significant troubles of our own it is very important not to forget our brothers and sisters in Palestine who remain very much under the heel of the Israeli Reich.


Please join the IPSC “Irish Artists’ Pledge to Boycott Israel”

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Poem - Reich Like


Who is speaking for our brothers and sisters 
the Palestinians
Very few it seems
Only the odd heretic
Children murdered mindlessly
Revolutionaries assassinated arbitrarily
The due process of law consigned and constrained
Reich like
.
.
By Drax Ireland

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Poem - Searching for Blue


people are stuck sometimes
in the good or bad pieces of their past
or the image of self, frozen at 32
the cyberhallways jammed 
with pretty young things
all in better years in better light.
Sad, trying to rappel back up a linear timeline
oblivious to the counterweight of reality.
Your life moving over the horizon, inexorably 
like an old Johnny Cash
you see photos or video of yourself 
from other angles, not the pretend
they’re shocking, like a crime scene 
you’re so old, so frail, so scared
in that moment you see your death 
Apache horses rising up on the ridge
too many of them to fight
you raise your hands
in a dead god above gesture, 
giving up…
surrendering searching for blue
just one last glimpse of blue
in those final years of grey

By Drax Ireland