Je Suis Charlie - Poem by James Tipp
Je Suis Charlie
Ignorance is bliss, knowledge is power, unless your holding the Kalashnikov,
The medieval barbarity explodes onto the Parisian street, darkens the light
Extremism of every hue and colour seeks to deny any questions of importance
Left, right, religious, secular all are tainted with the same brush of intolerance
All claim to be right and above reproach, whether divine or enlightened reason
The same intolerance is wrapped in many covers, race, religion, prejudice rules
A superiority that claims a special place for themselves above all others.
Intellectual or divine, so people will march 'je suis Charlie' spoken in a whisper
Yet the silence may be the only answer, to snuff out the oxygen of hate,
Let the silent march be the only answer to the barbarity unleashed, rejection
Criminals nothing more nothing less, refuse them the credibility of a cause,
Refuse to pass on their messages of hate and intolerance, by a silent response.
(c) J Tipp 2015
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