Striking Effect (VH)


Vala Hafstað's picture

Hospital in severe pain

patients’ patience being tested

police officers still ill

education and alcohol unavailable

marriage and divorce on hold

Reason to panic

if your passport expires

but if it’s just you

who does,

stay completely calm:

Death notices gladly accepted


In the news:

Strike: No Passport, No Divorce

© Vala Hafstad – vala(at)

Vala is the author of News Muse: Humorous Poems Inspired by Strange News, available in bookstores and on

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