Ian Syder

Rookie (6 January 1958 / Cork, Ireland)

The Hypothetical Terrorist - Poem by Ian Syder

It could be the skin and the beard
The arrow, in his solo cell, pointing to Mecca
On suicide watch; it’s feared
For his life and the life of all
He says: “Allah is great! ” Holding up a translated Koran
And praying in English

Today’s topic: the degeneracy of the West;
Occidental and oriental contest

Jazz mags raise the level of his pillow
(Bed sheets changed every day)
The dwindling fifty - gramme pouch stays in his cell
During exercise and landing social
And he’s never left England
And he’s never left Liverpool

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  • (4/3/2006 8:18:00 AM)

    Consummate irony. Classic. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 2, 2006

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