Bloody black kite

The Daily Post prompt is: rebuild. Thinking about what happened yesterday I’m finding it difficult to imagine rebuilding. How to rebuild a shattered life? And on what? Armed men have been following senseless bloody orders for thousands of years. What exactly is wrong with humanity?



More blood on the streets tonight,

And more will flow tomorrow,

The sharp-beaked hawks find easy prey,

When the bloody black kite passes.


Blood and guns and not a rose,

Just lives snuffed out without a cause,

Black flags drape the path to death,

More blood on the streets tonight.


Still, you are, or broken-winged,

There is no love can bring you back,

No lesson learned just prayers and tears,

And more will flow tomorrow.


Words have weight in empty minds,

Where ignorance takes the place of thought,

No need to ponder right or wrong,

The sharp-beaked hawks find easy prey.


Black flag pledges eternity,

Though others pray to other colours,

We have not enough love to blind its eyes,

When the bloody black kite passes.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

16 thoughts on “Bloody black kite”

  1. A powerfully moving poem Jane. This has been going on since the beginning of time. So sad, but, the line about there not being enough love to stop it is true. Scary. Well done.

    1. It’s so depressing. Depressing because it’s such a tragic waste, and because there seems to be nothing we can do to stop it. This time it was a muslim nutter, but it could have been anybody. The Sandy Hook murderer, the students at Columbine, Timothy McVeigh they weren’t muslims. The world is full of men itching for the most tenuous excuse to kill other human beings. It won’t stop because of some fat politician’s posturing. Why should it?

  2. Well done.
    I had similar thoughts when I saw rebuild as a prompt – how to rebuild after yesterday, when random threats from nutjobs pop up every day and people defend the right to own assault weapons that can be legally purchased by anyone who flies under the radar. (Or, in this case, someone who repeatedly was interviewed by the FBI in regards to ISIS and support of terrorist dogma.)

    1. I tie myself in knots trying to understand the attitude to gun crime in the US. This guy was, as you say, a nutjob with a big gun and sympathies with the lunatic religious fringe. But, he was a US citizen, he had filled in all the right forms and he was allowed, as all US citizens are, to own a ridiculously huge weapon of mass destruction. The Islam busters/anti-gun control lobby can’t have it both ways. But they do and I can’t follow their tortuous logic.

    1. Another ‘nice, inoffensive guy’ murdered a police detective and his wife last night in a knife attack in the name of Islam. He apparently didn’t notice their three year old child in the back of the car.

  3. it feels wrong to “like” this, but the impact of your words is so strong. the horror is real and needs to be dealt with. fine pen for a horrific subject. thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks Jaye. I always feel squeamish about writing on such tragic events, as if I’m intruding on other people’s grief. But grieving, chest beating and sounding off in general has become the norm. So many ignorant opinions are being spouted. I can’t help but think they are exactly the same kind of stupid shitbrained murderers at heart as the actual assassins.

      1. I think you are right to “write it out”. Drag it kicking and screaming into the light in all its glaring stupidity. That’s the only way change will happen. sadly.

      2. Our world is getting so mixed up, and it isn’t helped by those who risk nothing going on as if they’re on the front line. Nobody is going to be spared death, and the chances of us in the affluent parts of the world meeting a violent death, unrelated to the stuff we bring upon ourselves (in a metaphorical sense) like road accidents and gun crimes (because governements refuse to legislate) , is remote.

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