A Little History

They have shot the Tsar

And all his family

And what came after?

Cruel tyranny

Stalin’s purges communism’s curse

Before was bad

What followed even worse

 

In France we saw the guillotine

The best the worst of times

Blood lust in the country

Fearful fearful crimes

 

In Spain a bloody civil war

The fright of Guernica

Rehearsal for a greater blitz

The Nazis and Heil Hitler

 

In Italy majestic pomp

The Mussolini strut

Dreams of Roman empires

Ended when he’s shot

 

The horror of Hiroshima

Nagasaki too

Enola Gay is in the air

Ominous bomber crew

 

In England we had a king

Who put his wives to death

And another claiming rights divine

Suffered shortness of breath

 

Victoria benighted lass

Too long on the throne

Did not know what to do with grief

Left to fight alone

 

America and Vietnam

Don’t get me started there

Young men sent to fight a foe

He’s here he’s there he’s where?

 

Then of course there’s World War One

The war to end all wars

The land the soldiers’ families

Still we bear the scars

 

And Ireland dear Ireland

A people left to rot

Dispossessed dispirited

Time and time forgot

 

Then they shot young JFK

1963

Followed by a fashion

A further killing spree

 

Martin Luther King was killed

Then Bobby Kennedy

Now it’s school kids in their school

And Black folk generally

 

The causes of our history

And of our life today

The same old story every time

It hasn’t gone away

 

Human greed and selfishness

I want this for me

The cure to love your neighbour

Christ on Calvary

 

Brian Fahy

23 December 2021

 

 

 

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