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What kind of world do we live in
Where diplomacy comes before justice
And the murder of children is
classified as a statistic before a crime?

And I don’t care if you’re a government.
A soldier or a politician. A criminal,
A father, a brother an uncle or just
a madman with a gun …

The killing of kids cannot be justified.

Not by rebellion. Not by discrimination.
Not by politics. Not by any feeble excuse
Known to the remains of decent humanity!

Tanks and guns and shells. Russian small arms -
As though you were never children yourselves.
As though you never laughed and played and
Danced in the evening, bathing in sunlight

And all the other things that 32
Can no longer do because they’re dead.
Because you killed them.
Because the world cares more about flags and documents

Than the lives of their little ones.

Tiny bodies – just babies blurred with blood
And coloured blankets. Faces that were afraid
Before the life left them.

I’m no pacifist.
But 32 children dead
Is just 32 too many.

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  1. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    Syrian massacre. 32 children were killed. Really don’t click this link if you’re sensitive. You’ve been warned.


  2. Avatar Hidden From Heavens Eyes

    Very moving and well done… I hadn’t heard about this before just now, and I couldn’t bring myself to click on the link, but it is something everyone needs to think about. I can’t even begin to understand how people can justify this.

  3. Avatar airborne

    poetry for a cause, love this.

  4. Avatar H.S. Wift

    This was a great poem, and you’re clearly passionate about the subject. I did not follow the link, but I get the idea. Dead children bad, live children good. Though your version is far more poetic.

  5. Avatar musicgirl

    fueled by so much passion. I love when art is used to express opinions and beliefs. good poem

  6. Avatar Over the Precipice of the Unknown; Into the Frontier of Uncertainty

    Fantastic, and quite moving… I could argue that there could be a time and place for all things (incl killing a child), but 32 is a horribly large number and I don’t know the reasons for why such an act would’ve been carried out. Above all, bravo though!

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