A Poem for Norway

On this past Friday (July 22), 76 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Norway.  As I watched the television coverage of yet another senseless massacre, I was left with so many unanswered questions.  What made this incident even more gruesome was the fact that many of the victims were teenagers.  I wrote the following poem in response to the images aired and stories reported over the last few days.

A Poem for Norway

Manifesto!

Decrescendo…

Anti colonization!!

Utter devastation

Terrorist impersonating police!!!

Our youth deceased

Bomb destroys another building!!!!

Religion no longer appealing

90 minutes passes…authorities arrive!!!!!

News cameras already were live

They couldn’t deploy their helicopter crew!!!!!!

They couldn’t deploy their helicopter crew??????

Closed door arraignment so no platform given!!!!!!!

21 years maximum yet 76 not living

76 stopped beating hearts and 152 closed eyes!!!!!!!!

In the land famous for Nobel Peace Prize

© 2011

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A Poem for Mumbai

Today, 3 explosions rocked Mumbai killing 21 people and wounding over 100 people.  In 2008, 170 people were killed in a terrorist attack in the city of Mumbai.  As a writer, there are times when a poem can best communicate the thoughts and emotions that I wish to share.  From time to time in this blog I intend to publish those poems I have written for occasions such as these.  After watching the HBO documentary Terror in Mumbai in 2009, I wrote the following poem…

Mumbai Math

The heart of Mumbai

Her beating stilled

By the 10 gunmen

Who begot 17 victims

Times themselves

10 X 17 = 170

Blood + Muscle = Mumbai

Her pulsating, night life quieted

An ominous, chilling hush

By one hundred and seventy pulmonary veins

Dividing up life

MuslimsJewsHindusChristians ÷ 170 = 1

One

Father Mother Brother Sister

One

Niece Nephew Aunt Uncle

One

© 2011