These children are lucky. They are still alive. The little boy above is a Syrian and the one below is a Gaza Palestinian. We wring our hands uselessly over all the dead children killed in both countries over the years but, even if, and it's an unlikely outcome as I write this, even if solutions are found for these persistent conflicts, how will these children grow-up? Are they lucky to be alive?
They have already seen more than any child should see. Many have lost their parents and siblings. Too many of them are growing up in a World where violence, brutality and death are daily realities. Will they want a peaceful world when they are adults or will they be so psychologically damaged that they will merely take their turn in this continuing game of violence and murder?
We are not only failing to end today's problems, we're making new ones for the future.
STEPHEN DEARSLEY'S SUMMER OF LOVE
My novel, Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love, was published on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.
It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region's Amazon site for Kindle orders)
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BLUE NOTES, STILL FRAMES
My second novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames, will be published in 2015 by Ward Wood Publishing. It begins with Joe Edevane, a Brighton street busker with surprizing powers who borrows a towel from well-heeled strangers, Alan and Rachel, for his Goth girlfriend, Victoria, and begins a chain of events that changes all of their lives.
COLIN BELL'S PUBLICATIONS:
Stephen Dearsley's Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013
Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry and short story anthology
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
In The Night Count The Stars
March 1, 2014
An "uncommon anthology" of images, fragments, stories and poetry.
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
Three pages of poetry in the American South's unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.
The Fib Review
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present
Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal
Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.