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“The Rebel and the Yankee

The Blue and the Grey

Could never happen here with us”

Is what I hear you say.


But society is broken

And simply needs a spark

A beating at a demo

A brick thrown from the dark.


The Hutu and the Tutsi

Who one another slay

Could never happen here with us”

Is what I hear you say.


And then the retribution

Mixed with toxic bile

Guy Fawkes masks and Gilets Jaunes

As skinheads shout “Seig Heil”.


“The crimes of Srebenica

Were of another day

And couldn’t ever happen here”

Is what I hear you say.


Escalating violence

Forgiveness starts to fade

Petrol bombs and rifle shots

On the barricades.


I wish that I’ll be proven wrong

But I’m afraid to say

This open wound will run and run;

This will not go away.


The enemy’s naivety

And blind paralysis;

We none of us appreciate
How fragile all this is.




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John Coopey

Sun 5th May 2019 15:53

Many thanks for the “likes”, Philip, Jennifer and Dorothy.

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John Coopey

Fri 3rd May 2019 17:26

Thanks, MC. We will be down in Dorset and Devon on hols soon if you you fancy meeting up for a drink.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 3rd May 2019 16:00

Just returned from a break and found my comment placed when
away frolicking in far-off Devon isn't to be seen! Strange!!
The politicians went their own way and merely set the lead - and the excuses so frequently heard.

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John Coopey

Thu 2nd May 2019 23:26

I don't buy into the argument that politicians have caused this, Steve. If we as a society are divided why should we expect that our representatives in Parliament aren't divided?

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John Coopey

Thu 2nd May 2019 15:08

Thanks, Trevor.

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trevor homer

Thu 2nd May 2019 12:27

A salutary warning not to be complacent - well said.

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