Treasure Island

Danny Draper

(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

Syria 8 - Sonnet For Secular Odds


Arab Spring lanced all deeper scars
Populace wounded, festered an abyss
Violated a prophets' sacred words
Sacrificing innocents to the void
Mortally sure they cling to four and six
Each sahih, hasan the other da'if,
Leaping headlong to oblivion,
Will peace await each in the one heaven?
Outsiders with self interests invest
Agitate a transect beyond borders
Grinding corpses and homes 'to rancid mire
Stripping humanity with each carcass
Watchers seek odds for democracy, while
Sides seek holly superiority.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 12, 2013

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For the myriad tragedies attaining normality in Syria, a state of affairs abhorrent that will never be acceptable.

Note: sahih (authentic) , hasan (good) and da'if (weak)



Danny Draper 16/5/2013

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  • Kevin Patrick (6/13/2013 9:29:00 PM)

    I really enjoy reading your Syrian poems they attain a level of urgency and authenticity that explore geopolitical conflicts that most people would like to remain anonymous to. Every line really captures the desperation.

    Violated a prophets' sacred words
    Sacrificing innocents to the void

    Great stuff, although by this point I'm not sure if it has to do anything with God, some people will find ways of hating each other with or without belief. In the end its just a bunch of idiots being superior for nothing except a sea of bodies (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynub Kamoonpuri (6/8/2013 11:53:00 PM)

    I belong to d sect dat dint start dis war and who never start such atrocities. As an onlooker n outsider u presentd yor poetic journalism in an admirable splendid way! No one has right to kill except d creator i believe. When killers kill it depresses me. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/20/2013 12:52:00 PM)

    Religions are outdated institutions, and I would like to see a new world where common sense is the order of the day. A long way off I fear. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (5/20/2013 6:39:00 AM)

    I don't think there is a 'right' thing for the west to do in this situation.
    I don't understand the religious stuff, but I guess if immortality is up for grabs.......
    Maybe it's like gambling; the elation they feel at small gains makes it addictive.
    Last two lines sums it up succinctly. Your exasperation is well expressed. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (5/15/2013 12:01:00 PM)

    watchers seek odds of democracy. good write, thanks.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

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