Treasure Island

Mariam Taufeeq


'They' recall


Hearts are encumbered and lifeless,
And lives are not flighty and strife-less.
Vines of Vengeance tighten their cords,
Suffocating the pleading innocents, while Republic snores...
For life is but an uneven recall,
'They' recall,
'They' recall,
Those days of crocodile tears.
When 'they' stifled...oh, 'they' stifled!
All those meaningless frightened fears.
'They' recall,
'They' recall,
Those days of auld lang syne,
Those prism-like rays of forgotten sunshine,
Those childhood ornamental 'Frankensteins.'
Those days....hardly shadows now.
'They' recall,
'They' recall,
But their undeserved punishment taunts them,
And their looming faith climbs pinnacles to haunt them.
Illuminated flashes bravely attempt to comfort them,
But succeeding only in drawing nostalgic tears.
The Cimmerian silence, that uncertain void is gaunt,
Both in demeanour and disposition.
'They' recall,
'They' recall,
How 'they' never deemed worthy of that crime!
But were now being led to the guillotine!
They were pushed towards death, and left choice-less
Despairing in how they are voice-less!
'They' now confront Injustice and her sisters.
Watching families being shredded by these 'twisters.'
'They' recall,
'They' recall,
Yesterdays when 'happiness' truly bore meaning,
When 'desperate' and 'longing' were mere words.
But while these thoughts were flowing- no, streaming
One by one, 'they' stepped forwards and off came each head.
Their last thoughts had been screaming.
Screaming for truth, cursing false blame!
And wondering why: why us?
These were the last thoughts each person recalled
Before that abomination of a guillotine deemed them dead.

Submitted: Saturday, January 05, 2013
Edited: Saturday, January 05, 2013

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By 'they', I mean the people who were being led to execution. I was inspired to write this after having studied the french revolution and reading 'the tale of two cities.' I wanted to portray a possible whirl of thoughts that innocent people must have experienced as they were led towards 'doom.'

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