Brutalised

Greece
January 20, 2016 10:30am CST
A recent poem by Jabo about prostitution reminded me of one I had written a while ago after seeing a photo of a boy holding a rifle. It is even more relevant now as we learn about children being stolen and trained to be terrorists. It only took a bullet To blast his life away; A sudden crack, my father fell And motionless he lay . I watched the birds rise screaming Too late their warning cried. It only took a bullet The day my father died . It only took a moment , My life changed at that sound; I knew I would not grow into A man to stand around Who waited for a bullet To bring about his end. . My hand would be upon the gun – A bullet for my friend.
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@jaboUK (54871)
• United Kingdom
20 Jan 16
What a really wonderful poem, exceptional. As you say it is relevant to things going on now - terrible.
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@alchemistrx (2569)
• Philippines
21 Jan 16
Nowadays, we been hearing news that children are being trained for ISIS.It's very sad news to hear as young children are now trained for war at an early age but not seeing them go to school and having a life.
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• Greece
22 Jan 16
@Daljinder they were children under the complete control of these evil men.
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@Daljinder (22072)
• India
22 Jan 16
@41CombedaleRoad hKids don't deserve that. In fact no one does. To corrupt such innocent minds is unforgivable and brutal.
@LadyDuck (170916)
• Switzerland
21 Jan 16
What a beautiful and terrible poem. You are right this poem is even more relevant now that we see children trained to kill people. What a terrible world.
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• Greece
22 Jan 16
It is a terrible world, even though we have lived long enough to see some terrible wars the evil around us seems to be pervasive now.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Jan 16
thats a great poem thankjs f or sharing so much truth in it.
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• Greece
22 Jan 16
Unfortunately there is truth in it, brutality breeds brutality and children are often the victims who suffer the most. Lost innocence can never be regained.
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• Preston, England
20 Jan 16
powerful poem - many people brutalized by violence see inflicting violence as their answer so it perpetuates more bloodshed
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• Greece
22 Jan 16
At present evil is multiplying faster than good. I feel that those who lead us have let us down by allowing things to reach this state.
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@Platespinner (17046)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Jan 16
It's a sad and terrifying world we live in...I think I'll go stick my head back in the sand now.
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• Greece
20 Jan 16
Can I feel free to join you? It might not be long however before someone comes along with a shovel and removes the sand.
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@garymarsh6 (14367)
• United Kingdom
20 Jan 16
Great poem. I am totally and utterly useless at writing poems!
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