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I had a lovely family holiday in Madrid - with beautiful warm weather, even though it was November.

I love the place, but looking out of my hotel window, parallels with Baghdad started to creep up on me.

No matter how hard I try I cannot forget that there are people who hate so much they want everyone who disagrees with them dead.

Sunshine and Shadow, Madrid

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse10 Nov 2015

Bright and warm
Marisco y mixta
Streets crowded with noise,
Women who stare back,
My love's embrace;

Stars in a dark Sky.

Early morning
Quiet clear, promising
Later heat; cracked
Cement-patched tiles;

Satellite dishes.

Crumbling cream
On unrenewed buildings,
Bangs suddenly back
(Waiting for the next one);

Human hatred.

Horribly human
There is no escape
From bombs placed
Callously in markets.

There is no escape.