Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

Terrorism Holds A Bloody Knife At Innocent Throats - Poem by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

terrorism feeds on fear strikes through terror images
terrorism seeks to steal security peace of mind places
terrorism holds a bloody knife at your throat threatens
to attack you at work home in daylight or dark streets

terrorism threatens with suicide bombs suicide vests
with staged indifference to life martyr earns paradise
images of burnt burning buildings blown apart bodies

innocent women children slaughtered in shopping malls
restaurants cafes shops offices streets are terror targets

a beautiful holiday scene hot sun luxury tourist bikini beaches
warm sand cool wind calming turquoise water pampered nights
wake to daylight stalked terror shoot dead bodies are foreigners
target you innocent prey executed for extremist radical ideals

trapped between exists former safe shoreline selected victims
are horror hunted down videoed with taunting shot indifference
media stupid invades sanctuary homes serving terrorist causes

highlights shot knifed slowly beheaded mass public executions
but we free world citizens refuse to fear utter terrorist names

Copyright © Terence George Craddock

Topic(s) of this poem: terrorism

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written in December 2015 on the 2.12.2015.

Comments about Terrorism Holds A Bloody Knife At Innocent Throats by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

  • Terry Craddock (1/18/2016 5:32:00 AM)

    The original poem I wanted to submit to the ‘POETRY AGAINST TERROR’ publication. I wanted to give disempowered refugees a voice.

    Syrian Refugee Tidal Arrival Wave Agony

    tidal arrival is wave agony
    a Syrian man a refugee
    still standing in shallows

    dark undercurrent shadows
    epic fleeing war mass millions
    Syria torn apart tear politics

    a coastline seashore reached
    soon to emerge from the sea
    face in stress trauma twisted

    his daughter in green life jacket
    held in father's right arm clings
    to his neck for security comfort

    held above cold water threat
    slightly older son buries face
    in father's chest is held tight

    still standing waist deep in waters
    fears crossing illegal to Europe to
    unknown veiled future uncertainties

    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Split image from the poem 'Agony Syrian Refugee Immigrant Waves' by Terence George Craddock.
    Inspired by a photo of three Syrian refugees.
    Dedicated to all refugees destitute homeless regardless of race and religion.
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  • Terry Craddock (1/18/2016 5:28:00 AM)

    An interesting delight to read a detailed fellow poet's commentary about a poem we have written. Even more interesting is the depth of perception.

    In the publication ‘POETRY AGAINST TERROR’ the poem's layout differs from the original above, however the impact is the same.

    Commentary by Daniel J. Brick: The title, repeated as the third line of the prose poem, is especially chilling, because if the knife is already bloody, it means the killing has started and it can only escalate. In fact, for the duration of this prose poem, killing never abates, it is relentless and disheartening. A more conventional verse format might allow a respite, but this prose poem is like the flood of newsprint that goes on and on. Only the proud assertion of the last line offers a respite: ‘We free world citizens refuse to fear’. This prose poem is carefully patterned to give an overview of terrorist activities. The first paragraph shows how pervasively terrorism attempts to infiltrate our lives. The brief second paragraph deals with women and children as genuine targets. The third paragraph focuses on attacks on holiday and vacation sites. There is a strain of extreme puritanism in the terrorists: they do not trust pleasure and delight, and attack people enjoying themselves with special virulence. In the last paragraph the poet considers people hunted down for the propaganda value of their murder, and chides the press for giving terrorists the exposure they covet. I don't want to close without considering Terence's choice of the prose poem format over verse. I am speculating here but I believe he consciously silenced his lyric voice so that he could report on terrorism in the style of the print media.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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