Knife crime

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Young men lost and never found

Round and round the baton is passed

Down the fatherless generations

Killing with knives, suicide:

Forsaken boys in care homes which kill

The dreams in the hearts of the young, 

Society twists the knife

Makes them speak in tongues.

Crimes against the person

Those fading penumbras of law and order

Who will search for the heart of the matter?  

Our children are playing at games on the green,

Where first shall be last, and the last will scream 

For understanding, let him that is without sin

Cast the first stone 

Murder in the presence of the frail holy ghost

This tempest of terror, meaningless murder,

Should shake us all out of any residual sense of superiority,

The sons and daughters of all of us are at risk

Of ending in a ditch

Shadows scatter

Where the killing is done.

Hearts are thrown at strangers

Aren't they? 

Pain, splattered on a canvas,

Scrawled on a wall,.


Is only a husk of form,

Without the artless agony

Of daily life:

The strangled scream

And the carving knife.

◄ Continue to be kind

A withering wind ►


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M.C. Newberry

Tue 5th Mar 2019 23:57

The tragedy that affects families needs no amplification. This
situation is no accident but rather the combined failure of political
courage and will that undermines the efforts of those who are faced
with dealing with the growth of this grotesque situation on a daily basis.

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John Marks

Tue 5th Mar 2019 23:17

Chickens coming home to roost" is a saying that comes to mind. For the families who are burying their children?

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 5th Mar 2019 12:31

The social background to this deplorable aberration is worthy of the
closest study. With the exception of the "flick knife" back In the 50s,
when the American influence was strong, the use of a knife in crime is barely known here. It has grown like a cancer in my own late
lifetime and chimes with changes in society, its values and its
origins. Both Parliament and the courts must get their act together
to confront this malaise in the same way that their predecessors
confronted the "razor gang" crime of the past...with strength of
conviction and determination, both often lacking in perceived attitudes and policies of recent years.
"Chickens coming home to roost" is a saying that comes to mind.

steven arthur

Mon 4th Mar 2019 17:54

lot of imagery to 'dissect' in this one, well done friend.

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