A city stands violated

Its people, the gullible and the angry, impotent

Mothers and fathers, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandmas and

granddads, friends bereft

Out of the corners, the safe little nooks and crannies, the

messages start to be delivered

Hope not Hate, Brendan Cox, John Bercow, Andy Burnham and a

myriad more

“We will not be divided” “Love will conquer hate” “Nothing

to do with Islam”

A city stands violated, a nation seethes

 

A city stands violated

Its people, the fooled and the bravely awake, impotent

22 dead, 13 missing, 59 injured,

Out of their armoured cars and their protected houses

they come

Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron and a myriad more

“Our thoughts are with the families, we feel their pain we

will overcome”

A city stands violated, a nation cries out in frustration

 

A city stands violated

Its people, the bereaved and the lucky, impotent

Dismembered childrens lives ruined in a second

Out of the trains and the mobile studios the hyenas pour, the

blood scent in their nostrils

ITV anchors, ABBC political editors, scripted platitudes at

the ready

“Look at all the people, thousands lighting candles and

praying for love”

A city stands violated, a nation looks on in disbelief

 

A city stands violated

Its people, the smart and the stupid, impotent

Names and ages revealed bring further shock and pain

Out of the Facebooks and the twitters the righteous

indignation pours

Virtue signallers, Celebrities, Actors and a myriad more

“Love will overcome hate” “He wasn’t a Muslim, he was a

terrorist”  

A city stands violated, a nation questions why

 

A city stands violated

Its people, polarised as never before, impotent

The true nature of the act comes to light, murder most

heinous

Out of the mosques and Madrassa they pour,

Imams, Scholars,

Teachers and community leaders

“This is not Islam” “We are not to blame” “We stand with

you”

A city stands violated, a nation steels itself for more

 

A nation stands violated

Its people, herded and lied to, impotent

Politicians collude in the destruction of its spirit and its

culture

Out of the houses and flats, off the buses and trains they

pour

People, white and brown, old and young, male and female

“This is our land” “We did not ask for this” “We will take

no more”

A nation stands violated, its people finally roar.

Colin Cross

 

Photo by mitchell haindfield

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