If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.”

– Nikita Khrushchev.


For as long as anyone could remember, the seed
had lain cold and infertile, buried in no-man’s
land like a relic from World War Zero until

the black rains began, bloody and reeking
of injustice. Diamond winds blasted, unstoppable,
eroding the top soil until the seed was exposed;

hard, spiky, toxic, untouchable. Acid rains
pooled on the stony ground forming
new rivers like convoluted arteries and veins

reviving the bodies of undead soldiers. The seed
softened and grew into a giant lightning tree
with fiery tentacles encompassing the world.

And we all waited to be struck:-
Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Tolstoy, JFK,
Solzhenitsyn, Sylvia Pankhurst, Martin Luther King,

John Lennon, Pablo Picasso, Karl Marx, Frida Kahlo,
Rosa Parks, Benjamin Zephaniah, Peter Tatchell,
Marie Colvin, Che Guevara, Maya Angelou, John Pilger.









3 thoughts on “Anger

  1. A powerful and vivid narrative, Nikita, and matching artwork. What we cannot hide from, with the earth symbolically linking to the worst of humanity. Great science fiction (I would call it that.)

    1. Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your very kind comments. I’m glad you think it is science fiction. Alas, this is a poem I’m not happy with. Still a work in progress. It was written as a repose to an exercise so out of my comfort zone.
      Life and health problems have been getting in the way recently so I’m sadly neglecting blogging land. I hope all is well for you and the exhibition was a success. By the way have you seen a sci-fi film called Annihilation directed by Alex Garland? I would recommend,

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      1. My pleasure, Nikita, nothing like trying something new and I think you’ve done well. I’m also struggling with blogging, the exhibition was a great way to make contact with other artists and I’m hoping something will come from the connections. Yes, I have seen Annihilation. The author, Jeff VanderMeer, is very impressive.

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