Michael Fenton


GUERNICA circa 21st Century


Feet walk on jutted pavements

heads filled with lasting scars

collateral destruction by the carnage displayed


Battle zones marched by foreign boots

fire on a blink – friend or foe

the  ‘gods’ claim absolution


Wall graffiti in blood

acerbity of putrefied flesh

vultures hunched in satiety


Frozen frames recorded in archives

mortuary remains after autopsies

probed for reasons of concealment


The innocent stand in rows

by empty graves  ready to seed

a harvest of scythed cadavers


Hyenas, moon circled, bay their dismay

their excrement valued by gold worship

the earth trod in quicksand oblivion


Shards of stained glass windows pierce beliefs

deities showed no concern

the cleavage of self regard exposed



Michael Fenton © 2007