Post more comments
Want a gift card for being active Forum member? Post comments and win $25 gift card every week.
Rules:
PoemHunter.com will be giving away Amazon.com gift cards (worth $75 in total) every week to first three members ($25 each) who participate most in our forum discussions. You just have to post comments on forum pages, poet pages or poem pages anywhere inside PoemHunter.com
Comments posted needs to be in different pages. Posting more than 1 comment on the same page will only be counted once.
Members can not post comments without being logged in.
PoemHunter.com has the right to cancel or edit this contest.
PoemHunter.com has a right to disqualify or ban member(s) without providing any type of reason, belief or proof in regards to any type of illegal activity or fraud.

Mason Maestro


John Violence


On a see-saw in a strange land
The Serbian sat on the Cardinal’s hand
The separatists called to the stand
On a back seat in the Hague courtroom
The Catholic Croat and Muslim Bosniak testify
Until they came down with a new broom
And swept them clean
And the fiddlers played

On the open road from Zagreb
When secessions strike the mote
When a clearing sky saves an old boat
A pick up band plays a new tune
When a new song hits under the moon
When the Slavic girl sings
When the plucks of the Šargija strings
The sounds escape a broken Yugoslavia

Like Sarajevo
Like Herzegovina
Like John Violence
They’d be the last ones to lay down their guns
Just out of sight from the siege
Milosevic hangs
Beyond the next range
A flickering flame of the ethnic cleanse

The place where the dark side meets John Violence in me
John Violence in me
When the Tribunals pause in a quest for applause
When ego lets go of the end of the bone
Rape and genocide clears the zone
To focus instead on the heart of the land
Then we shall be free
We shall be free

Submitted: Friday, July 12, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 12, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This piece covers the Bosnian War in the upcoming novelty- 'Shooter on the Barricades'

Comments about this poem (John Violence by Mason Maestro )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Writing Poetry Late at Night after my Wi.., Bill Grace
  2. Silence, Tony Adah
  3. What is my dream, gajanan mishra
  4. Today, Neela Nath
  5. Secrets, maria sudibyo
  6. Crosswords, maria sudibyo
  7. Dreaming Reality, maria sudibyo
  8. The Man of  No Importance, maria sudibyo
  9. Decisive turn, hasmukh amathalal
  10. Wisdom's View, LUVinThe NOW

Poem of the Day

poet George Gordon Byron

I speak not, I trace not, I breathe not thy name;
There is grief in the sound, there is guilt in the fame;
But the tear that now burns on my cheek may impart
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]