Sell all your daughters and enslave your sons;
And pray they find a swift mortality;
Loot boys of childhood, strapped to bombs and guns;
And stone the little girls, once made you smile;
And close your eyes or turn your back; destroy,
Make hard your heart, to this reality;
Unclothe your helpless infant girls and boys
And mutilate them all; deaf to this vile
Lament; and let their wailing be the first
As worship to their god’s brutality;
Your agonising life and theirs is cursed;
Kindness… mercy… and love… are all a trial.
Unchained, you’ll wish a stranger peace and life;
Most likely on your way to stone your wife.
This sonnet is part of a short sequence; click here to read it all:
Direct and truthful, as always, my dear. It is a very painful subject that most people won’t touch.
I am not sure what is not seen about this, nor why it is not seen. It brings to mind the “new-age” greeting “peace, love, and light.” Lucifer is said to be very bright which is why he is so named.
i’ve read three times
and would want some more
but must stop right now
for it will ruin my day
Well, we would not want to do that! But you are most welcome back any time.
Hi David, thanks for finding and following my Spanish blog. I hope you enjoy reading about our quiet Spanish valley! SD
Spain. A lovely country I would love to visit. These are about Spain, in a manner of speaking, if you are interested : )
An alternate reality of sorts, if you will….
That’s very provocative [not sure “provocative” is the right word here]. Forceful! Learning from you the art & craft of poetry and writing sonnets! Thanks David for this blog!
Strangely…. the impetus for this one was the desire to do something with first word spelling. Another such sonnet (much more light-hearted) #1 of a two-part sequence, you will find here:
dedicated to Maestro Domenico Scarlatti and Princess Maria Barbara of Spain.
Not many will deign to comment on one of these more intense offerings : ) You number among the very few, Sir.
That makes me want to read more about the maestro and the princess! I have read most of your poems, but I am still catching up, many more to read
They both are very interesting–as well as is King Ferdinand the Wise. But as for the folly I suggest in that two part sequence… well,… it is no more than that. It would make a delightful film though…. Had I some expertise and experience in the field, I would love to see it made.
Really excellent. Very dark. I need to re-read it to grasp it properly. Incidentally, I write sonnets too. Try googling the phrase “no barbarous Australopithecine”
There is heart
And there is soul,
Combined, they are
Even when random,
They cannot help but tell a