The Harm We Do

My father was a long-range sniper

Royal Artillery

But he also killed a lad up close

A thing he never told me

Long-range snipers do not see

The damage that they do

But infantry are one to one

Who dies? It’s me or you

 

And evil in our world ‘s arm’s length

It’s comfortable that way

Only when we get up close

Does fear begin to prey

And Internet is all arm’s length

Computer click and clash

We do not care now what we say

Or do – we’re on the lash

 

Evil starts inside my heart

An intention to cause harm

If I ignore my weakness

I will cause alarm

And I’ll deny – it wasn’t me

I’ll hide away from truth

It’s light too bright I shun it now

What happened to my youth?

 

Brian Fahy

9 February 2022

 

+ The Gospel list of evils is worth meditating on every day, to see all the harm that is done in the world every day, and to recognise our own part in it.

 

Fornication, theft, murder,

Adultery, avarice, malice

Deceit, indecency, envy

Slander, pride, folly

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: