Friday, 28 March 2014

Divided, We Fall


Integration is the key to a successful society so why are there so many ghettoes and pockets of people from around the world determined to follow a policy of separatism wherever they settle? Here in the UK, I have expressed the view for many years that Faith Schools, for example, have a lot to answer for in this respect.

Children and young people are the citizens of tomorrow. How can they, as adults, be expected to properly integrate when so many have been encouraged to feel they have the moral high ground over those of other faiths (or none at all)?

Now, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, the war that was supposed to end all wars…

How much more fighting and suffering will it take, I wonder, for more of our so-called ‘betters’ across the world to understand that various socio-cultural-religious differences do not make us different, only human?

United, the human race may have a chance of surviving its Armageddon; divided, it stands little if any at all.  Common sense, you say? So whatever happened to common sense?

This poem is a villanelle.  

DIVIDED, WE FALL

Unsubtle divisions,
tablets of stone;
our world religions

dark contradictions
(sure conviction)
unsubtle divisions

Unholy conditions
(dogs at a bone);
our world religions

Fine godly lessons,
few clerics learn;
unsubtle divisions

Posturing politicians
(daughter, son);
our world religions

Holy constitutions,
bloodily written;
unsubtle divisions,
our world religions

Copyright R. N. Taber 2004; 2013

[Note: A slightly different version of this poem first appeared in an anthology, Have Your Say, Poetry Now (Forward Press) 2004 and subsequently in 1st eds. of  Feeling For The Quickness Of Time by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2005; revised ed. in e-format in preparation.]

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