A Worried Man

A hall of sullen faces

Listen to the speech

Autocrat at the dais

Power out of reach

Protest swiftly punished

Taken off to gaol

Opposition finished

We never hear the wail


A friend of mine once told me

About my silences

He found them intimidating

More power than words can say

I have to say I was surprised

It never dawned on me

I thought myself a kindly one

I just didn’t see


And so it is with NATO

Our organised defence

We do not see how Putin

Could ever take offence

But Putin is an autocrat

An isolated man

Threats are all around him

And we are the biggest one


Brian Fahy

21 February 2023

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