Stephen Ratcliffe

Poems from H U M A N   N A T U R E


grey whiteness of sky behind plane of still dark eucalyptus
trees in lower left foreground, planet to the right of it,
sound of waves breaking in the channel
                                                            woman on radio
asking "what happens if the water supply is destroyed,
won't the Iraqi people consider US military the enemy"

Tony Blair asking "is Saddam a threat," analyst with English
accent noting that Blair hasn't been successful domestically,
adding "this is high stakes poker for him"
                                                              blinding silver
line of low sun's reflection across blue-white plane in left
foreground, circle of moon in cloudless blue sky above point