Which Side Are You On

Which Side Are You On

Why do we think one victim
suffers more than the other
one deserves more sympathy
than the other

What guides us to identify more
with one and not the other
rhetoric that plays on emotions
twangs heart strings in one country

Falls on deaf ears else where
the same terrorist is judged
as patriot and martyr

A criminal act becomes moral
why do we equate a suicide terrorist
with terminaing the controllers
in fact why do we equate one act

Of violence with another
aren't they all honorable deeds
for honorable humane causes
strange the case of preferences

Strum the chords of sympathy
strut the stage in limelight
blind the viewer and voyuer
from weighing the causes and reasons

Devoid the emotions
free from hate and revenge
quit the game of equating one cruel deed with another
saying one violent murder
is more horrendous than the other

by shimon weinroth

Comments (2)

I don't know how many times this can be said, but it is difficult to write a 'message' poem' (or any art for that matter) and make it work. This one works really well. The form is great - though I think that capitalising the first word of each stanza when the lines are mid-sentences, looks a little awkward and it might be a good idea (to help the flow) to use commas where needed. That said I like this very much. On the narration itself, you couldn't have said it any better. I despair at some of the commentary that passes for analysis of the middle- Eastern crisis (some borders on naked anti semitism) . This sounds to me like a call to reason. The justification of acts of war should be made clear to the critics who should then view them (unpartisan-like) , weighing up those. A good poem my friend. My criticism of the text are probably a result of me being partisan. You may well have your reasons.
perfect work of art!