Manchester 22.5.17

23 May

I Looked At Evil


I looked at Evil: it wore a suicide vest

My cause is just, it claimed

your murdered children my price

Kill me, and a thousand martyrs fall in behind

You cannot kill me, it smiled

for I am dead by a tug of this cord


You cannot kill me, Evil declared

You cannot buy me off

You cannot reason with me

Don’t bother to plead with me

for my ears are closed

my mind bankrupt

my heart already a corpse

You cannot kill me

for I am already dead


You cannot defend your children

for I am Evil

and I wear a suicide vest




11 Responses to “Manchester 22.5.17”

  1. Al May 23, 2017 at 14:59 #

    Pretty much sums it up, Tilly. Well written. Aching for you over here.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. slpmartin May 23, 2017 at 15:11 #

    It is sadly all too true…peace be with you.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. sarsm May 23, 2017 at 15:28 #

    Yet another tragic day for mankind. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  4. judyt54 May 23, 2017 at 15:36 #

    ah,Tilly. And so close to home, as it were. The hardest part is not knowing who, or what, or why. Take care, lady.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. colonialist May 23, 2017 at 16:51 #

    Sums it up. How can supposedly rational thought become so hideously twisted as to see justification in such acts?

    Liked by 3 people

  6. sharechair May 23, 2017 at 18:00 #

    You put into words the very thoughts that are so hard to put into words. Too close for you…. take care.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Ron. May 23, 2017 at 18:05 #

    I know you’re all the way across the big waters, TB, but I hope you’re feeling my posvibes coming your way. Great write, this.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. kiwidutch May 23, 2017 at 23:16 #

    Another awful tragedy where innocent people are the victims of deranged idealism.
    My heart goes out to all of the families of the victims, their pain must be beyond imagination.

    We have lovely Muslim friends who shake their heads in sorrow, despair and shame every time something like this happens.
    They come from the southern part of India and are proud that where they grew up Christians, Muslims, Buddhism, Sikhs and Hindu’s lived in the same street without any problem at all.

    They arbore this kind of violence just as we do, but have to bear the brunt of fall out, for instance when his wife goes out with her headscarf on. Some people hurl insults from cars… luckily these are the minority but that it happens at all is painful.

    I hope that some way might be found to stop the radicalization of people, to overcome the point where they feel they can commit terrible acts like this.

    I also wish that 100% of the attention went to the victims and NONE to the attacker, if it were up to me, there would be a total and permanent News blackout as to the identity of the attacker so that even if they died they would know that they had not had any “fame” at all.

    I wish a speedy recovery for the injured, and deepest condolences for the families of the victims who lost loved ones. My heart goes out to them all.

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  9. anotherday2paradise May 27, 2017 at 12:05 #

    A very moving poem, Linda. My heart is so sore for all the innocent family so cruelly affected by this evil act. xx

    Liked by 1 person

  10. David J. Bauman June 1, 2017 at 22:25 #

    It’s impossible it seems to fight against this, isn’t it? You penned the sort of thoughts I’ve been thinking. Hard to know how to react to the bombing or the shooting of the day, and when it hits close to home, it’s beyond numbing. Thank you for writing this. I’ve been pushing my pencil around about the recent Kabul bombing myself. I haven’t yet been able.

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  11. The Laughing Housewife June 9, 2017 at 13:54 #

    Thank you to all of you for your kind and supportive words.

    Stay safe x

    Liked by 1 person

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