Before I was 5 — Poem by Erice Fairbrother

Before I was 5
I had heard of
Herod and
beheading

A distant
A horror
But holy
story

before breakfast
today
I heard
Of another

not distant
not a story
but an unholy
horror

and grief
unimaginable
with no
ending

This poem was written by Erice Fairbrother of New Zealand in response to the terrible losses of non-combatants by beheading.This simplicity of her words moves me to tears.

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2 Responses to Before I was 5 — Poem by Erice Fairbrother

  1. Uncle Tree says:

    Unbelievable, in this day and Age. Disheartening, too.
    This is no way to start a new millennium peoples.

    Nice poem to expose the horror. Peace, Uncle Tree

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