DEBORAH RUIZ WALL
Violence should never be a way
To find peace on earth.
Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan,
Syria and now Egypt.
What should be demolished
Is the moral licence to slaughter people
For whatever ideological cause!
Only Intergenerational violence will be the legacy
Of hardened thoughts and minds,
Draped in bloodied flags,
martyred heroes of a mono cultural future direction.
We in safe cyber space or cosy TV rooms
Can only watch in horror at the unfolding
Of these tragic events —
One life snuffed is one too many
Bodies laid waste, objectified
Into non-existence to inoculate remote
Observers from caring about murderous
day-to-day coverage that blurs fact from fiction
And conjures an unreality that muddies claim truths.
So what depth is there to understand
From the helplessness of our remoteness?
We can only feel, if feelings are still left in their pristine
State untouched by the excesses of social media,
To grieve over the inhumanity of humanity
While politicians ruminate on electoral stage about a
PNG solution for drowning boatloads of escapees
Who Seek refuge from the madness
Of failed governance, geopolitical neo-colonial
Strategies, or the tyranny of One thought
Purportedly spiritually inspired holocaust
Imposed on all generations to come.
21 August 2013