Ant Smith

Political

Keep Your Distance

Our planet may look beautiful

From the distance of the moon

But this land is broken

Beneath my weathered shoes

An ocean may look placid

From the vantage of a beach

For there's nothing to bare witness

To those lost within the deep

A field may look so bountiful

To a man who needs to eat

Salvation is a question of

The fortunes of the thief

Look away

So far away

Look for grace

In your furthest gaze

Look away

So far away

Lest you see what

We do today

Turbulence it is local

A young man's troubled face

The grass is greener far away

For battle scars hide in yesterday

For UNESCO's 19th World Poetry Day, because "Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings."

Political