Imperfect Peace?

Peace broke out in 1994

Then the semantic battles

Began, highly explosive verbs

And nouns were fired

Without warning by all sides,

Sending newspaper editors

Diving to the floor.

The spin-doctors favoured

Pincher movements, to ambush

The views of opponents;

Meanwhile, citizens hold their

Breath, as they enjoy

Every minute, every piece

Of the imperfect peace.


How long is a piece

Of string?

As long as the journey

To a new beginning?

A yellow brick road,

Where peace is king.


By Sean Maguire


Published 2001 in ‘Burning Voices’  – anthology


Runner-up, Books Across The Border Competition

November 2000

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