The Terrorists’ Epitaph

You must be so brave to
Shoot unarmed civilians

You must be so brave to
Use a sub-machine gun to
Shoot unarmed civilians

You must be so brave to
Wear a mask when you
Use a sub-machine gun to
Shoot unarmed civilians

You must be so scared
That you dare not show your face
And wear a mask when you
Use a sub-machine gun to
Shoot unarmed civilians

You must be so scared of
The pen and the pencil
That you dare not show your face
And wear a mask when you
Use a sub-machine gun to
Shoot unarmed civilians


You must be so brave to
Occupy land you don’t own

You must be so brave to
Use a bulldozer to flatten someone’s home and;
Occupy land you don’t own

You must be so brave to
Use an army and
A bulldozer to flatten someone’s home and
Occupy land you don’t own

You must be so scared to
Build a wall between you & your neighbours
And use an army and bulldozers to flatten someone’s home and
Occupy land you don’t own


Whether strong or scared
Can you MAKE peace?

Whether strong or scared
What will you do?
Can you MAKE peace?

Whether strong or scared
What will you do?
Can you MAKE peace?

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2 Problems with writing this:

It took the attack on Charlie Ebdo in Paris to kick me into writing this, when it should have been done well before that, e.g. after the attack on the school in Pakistan.

The words continue the negative feelings that caused the attacks in the first place. The response to events such as these should be to identify root causes & their solutions, that is to improve the quality of something, not to expand or intensify controls.

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