Westminster's Weep

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Poem dedicated to the tragic Westminster attack recently. Thank you, Hullabaloo22 for the inspiration after your poem, 'Look Over Your Shoulder'. My heart goes out the victims and all those impacted.

Submitted: April 03, 2017

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Submitted: April 03, 2017

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Officers march in-line,
For the mourning of their good comrade.
An innocent man lies in heaven,
His wife in hospital and bandage clad.
A teacher to collect her children from school,
Taken by the hands of an idealistic fool.

On a day that was mild and mundane,
Was stained when a villain came along,
What was ‘a sight so touched in its majesty’*,
Became a setting of an idiot’s wrong,
Crimes that would revolt any with humanity,
Committed by a man of complete inanity.

In what took a mere 82 seconds,
Filled the pain worth an eternity,
Felt by the sinless victims and sympathisers,
Became members of a woeful fraternity,
He ravaged our streets like Ryan’s ruination**,
With his words and actions of absolute detestation.

But terror they strike us not,
Instead a fuse of anger is sparked,
Anger that shall be our sword and shield,
Calls of reprisal and unity remarked,
Feed not to the ones that thrive on fear,
Our time of unyielding is rightly here.

We shall stand grounded like a mountain,
Unmoved by their disgusting abominations,
We will fight against their unjust notions,
With the fury they’ve caused along generations,
Those who disgrace the religion that they say ‘represent’,
Now a line of Muslim women,
Walk hand in hand at the scene of the event.

Jason Millar

*A line from William Wordsworth’s sonnet, ‘Westminster Bridge’.
**Michael Robert Ryan, mass murderer responsible for the Hungerford massacre in 1987.


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