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Savage Earth

This is a description and lament on the human on human violence spread all over history.

This poem is a slap at the several instances of bloodshed in the name of faith over hundreds of years. It is a cry for humanity that has become a very rare attribute over the several years of hatred and loathing.


Far away I can hear the screams of burning flesh

An animosity of faith

and a head covered in fearsome pain.

Ash soot and fiery splinters

a blast and a thump of heart.

Swords clash and drive through

as a war cry beckons the rest.

Riots and curfews sprawled in a blanket of murderous rage

Clandestine operations home to home

A killing spree with no logic

A calamity that reveres the blood cloud.

Catchy phrases shouted out loud

Holiness and frenzy all in the same town

Throats slit and carcasses left for vultures to feast

Platitudes ancient with mindless counts.

A symbol of preference enrages

a lesson on carnage

Streets flooded in red gore

Scampering half lives

and a familiar cry of victory.

Repeated throughout history

Epic lores of violence unfold

Why such disturbed anomalies

become the norms that we behold?

© 2019 Tiyasha Maitra


Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on November 22, 2019:

Thanks Lora. The incessant violence at every other faith related excuse is absolutely loathsome. Advancements of so many varieties but human mentality doesn't seem to have reached that state of civilization. I wonder if it ever will. Let's hope we can bring about some degree of change with our words.

Thanks for commenting Lora.

Lora Hollings on November 22, 2019:

A very powerful and poignant rendering of the violence that has been going on for thousands of years and is still going on. What a paradox! If we can't respect the sanctity of life then what does it matter if we subscribe to a faith? You painted a graphic picture with your stunning words of our futile existence if we continue to cause so much pain to others because of such an indefensible division. Most compelling, Cattaleya!

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on November 22, 2019:

Thanks Manatita. Will definitely check out your article on the cardinal vices. Thanks for reading. Take care.

manatita44 from london on November 22, 2019:

Extremely vivid, but well told. You added complacency in there. That thing that dyes our Heart with blood, not beauty.

I just gave Luis some reasons these problems happen and I did not give him the solution though. They are all in my Hub called The Five Cardinal Vices.

At least you can see the vices. They are inherent in us and need to be transformed, like the weaver does the clay.

1. Ego, vanity or pride (Ahamkara)

2. Anger (Kroda)

3.Lust or passion (Kama)

4.Attachment, desire or clinging (Moha)

5.Greed (Lobo)

The rest are by-products of these, e.g, fear, insecurity, hate, power and so forth. Feeling the pain will eventually increase empathy. Much Love.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on November 22, 2019:

Thanks John. Yes, quite graphic. In fact I was wondering if it's appropriate. But then I thought exactly what you said. That sometimes the naked truth needs to be expressed as it is.

Thanks for reading. Take care.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 22, 2019:

This is so shockingly graphic, Tiyasha. But that is what we as writers must do to open eyes and make people see what is happening in our world. The death and atrocities perpetrated by one people on another. We are all the human race and should live in peace and harmony no matter what our faith or nationality. Great job with this poem.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on November 22, 2019:

Thank you so much Lorna. I pine for a more humane society. Unfortunately it might just remain a dream.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Your appreciation means a lot.

Lorna Lamon on November 22, 2019:

So much truth in these powerful lines Tiyasha. Unfortunately the human race has not learned the lessons of the past, and as a result we are still in the same hate filled environment today. Your poem is a reminder of how faith is used to justify so many pointless and tragic wars where greed is more important than humanity. Great writing.

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