I see a future of war

and evil intent,

poverty, famine

and dark discontent.


A world descended

into desolate gloom,

all joy and laughter

ushered out of the room.


I see helpless children

in war-torn streets,

tattered; just rags,

standing cold in bare feet.


Shattered, bedraggled

a fearful frieze,

like leaves of loss

blown about by a breeze.


I see mothers crying

tears of despair,

holding lifeless bodies

and beseeching the air.


Men, bent and broken,

dejected, defiled,

with blank staring faces,

just waiting to die.


All hearts and humanity,

all pride and joy,

just battered; discarded

like yesterday’s toys.


There’s a question screaming

from the deepest despair…


“Why did we ever

let it go this far?”



Written by Darren Scanlon, October 2013.

Revised 26th February 2016.

2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Susan Langer says:

    You would think we would learn by now, but…:(

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    1. Too many people have too much to gain from all this war. Time for us all to stand up to them and say NO!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Stirring and the photos are so powerful.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Stephanae.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome Darren!! 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  3. philbo62 says:

    In your hands, Maestro, the pen id definitely mightier than the sword. 👍🏻

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I thank you my friend 🙂🙃


  4. olganm says:

    Terrific and terrifying at the same time. Thanks, Darren.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My pleasure, Olga.


  5. Poli Impelli says:

    Wow… what a great poem, Darren. We´ve had some connection… I wrote about the same topic on my last post, but mine sounds like a “scream to heaven”. Yours is poetry… delicious 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much, Poli. 🙂🙃

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Rita says:

    Astounding, my friend.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Rita 🙂🙃

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rita says:

        My pleasure

        Liked by 1 person

  7. melindajabersold says:

    So beautifully written, Darren! ☺😊

    Liked by 1 person

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