Friday, 15 July 2016

Carnage in Nice OR Murder In Whose Name?


There are really no words to express any decent person’s horror - whatever their colour, creed, sex or sexuality - at the senseless carnage in Nice yesterday. Hopefully, though, someone somewhere who is perhaps harbouring thoughts along the lines of radical Islam, for whatever reason, may find this poem offers food for thought...and think again. 

At least 84 people are reported dead in Nice and many others injured, many of them children; their crime, having the temerity to enjoy themselves on Bastille Day, a national event celebrating the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution, July 14 1879.

In ‘The Age of Reason’ Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809) makes the point that ‘…the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.’ What would Paine have to say, I wonder, about of the image of the prophet Muhammad every radical Islamist wears on his or her sleeve?


CARNAGE IN NICE or MURDER IN WHOSE NAME…? 
[Nice, Bastille Day 2016]

World, head bowed, but only for tears
where terrorism has its way,
nations, left victims of its worst fears

Though its nemeses breeding for years,
to love and peace, the final say,
world, head bowed, but only for tears

Freedom, a crown of thorns, it wears
for any who get in terror’s way,
nations left victims of its worst fears

Wherever fundamental dogma rears
its head, the mad dog has its day;
world, head bowed, but only for tears

Humanity, for all its flaws, endures
if inhumanity briefly holding sway,
nations left victims of its worst fears

In radical Islam, true faith disappears,
so testify efforts to keep it at bay;
world, head bowed, but only for tears,
nations left victims of its worst fears

[London, July 15 2016]


Copyright R. N. Taber 2016

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