Barney Rooney

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The Child's Been Radicalised - Poem by Barney Rooney

They say the child's been radicalised
impregnated before their very eyes
a neat incision implanted with precision
blind stitched the cleft between truth and lies

How else could someone so young know
that a fire for justice would grow
beyond the need for wisdom or restraint
beyond fear or doubt or calculation
beyond the calming voice of reason
beyond the thought of treason
beyond the care if common people bleed
to concede the claims to lead
of men who play at being small pack gods
inducting them to suffer for the cause
in the hellfire spat from heaven
offer them in that blackened plume
of oil smoke and buckled burning steel
where life is pared of fripperies
barren as the landscape

They say 'radicalised' - a careful smear
the very quest to comprehend is now despised
on either side
a crime made of that last thread of virtue
before hope calls it a day
compassion gives way to the fiction
that holy truth is deemed to be
that which cannot cope with contradiction
when hands no longer scrape at barren soil
to find their roots
and humble people resign
to being trodden underfoot
and cannot rise
without the means of being radicalised

exactly how, and what should be excised
what charm or incantation?
a garlic infused stake driven through the heart?
water boarded incarceration?
a shaft of sunlight risen in the east
to lead the child back to the feast
to consume or be consumed by the greater beast?

Topic(s) of this poem: war

Comments about The Child's Been Radicalised by Barney Rooney

  • Freshman - 771 Points Darwin Henry Beuning (8/31/2015 3:26:00 AM)

    Very dark, but, painfully true. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 50,061 Points Roseann Shawiak (7/26/2015 12:35:00 PM)

    Thought provoking and intense poem, well thought out and clearly stated. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 34,568 Points Kumarmani Mahakul (4/8/2015 7:21:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem shared on war topic. Well drafted and shared such a thought provoking poem. Nice job done. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 52,509 Points Kelly Kurt (4/8/2015 6:51:00 PM)

    An intelligent, well written poem, Barney. Thanks for sharing.
    Peace (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 690 Points Jeannette Heywood (4/8/2015 4:47:00 AM)

    A heart breaking deliberation. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,440 Points Terry Craddock (4/8/2015 3:25:00 AM)

    A clever intense well reasoned poem, I like it :) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 5, 2015

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