November’s sun is heating up
to warn us of a scorching summer
of bushfire season

as our lockdown lifts

with no travel abroad
people are planning
to explore their own back yard
seeking out those refreshing waterways

the eleventh marks Remembrance
of those fallen and those who
reside in a forever nightmare
damaged by war service

thirteenth is Kindness day
lord don’t we need that!
sixteenth is Tolerance day

getting the message?

it heralds in nursery rhyme week
one every poet should celebrate
twentieth is Children’s day
twenty fifth Stop Violence against Women

so November’s a time for reflection
of these noteworthy world days
of the year of angst and turmoil
that began with raging fires

then summersaulted into lockdown
igniting into political unrest
coz every Black Life does Matter

when will all the violence stop!

let’s declare a ceasefire
to become loving kind tolerant
human beans, let peace reign
lest we all go insane

it all starts with us
making less fuss
kindness and tolerance
healthier than violent lust

let this month reveal
that violence wont steal
that we make all this real
open up and feel

December will find
that we can all be kind
let life gently unwind
must tame my own mind …

d’Verse, November, Sanaa