26 May 2018

Ireland's Holy Innocents

A poem which a friend posted on Facebook, I assume from one of the newspapers in Ireland today, since the poet's address was attached at the end.

They say that wise men met the King;
His lies had them beguiled;
They'd hoped to find with Herod's help
A joyful maid with child.
The King dismissed them; then decreed,
“The infant has to die.
This Court states he’s unwanted – 'just
By choice'. Don’t question why!
Pro-Choice now slays him and his kind
In this our Bethlehem.
New legal rights to massacre
Mean none can ‘you’ condemn.
These unborn may be hard to find;
They breathe a hidden life.
And if their mothers give them up -
Conceal the bloodstained knife.
Discard the corpses as you go
As merely soul-less meat
And fit for only dog or crow
Like sweepings from the street.”
Thus Herod sent his knifemen out
To kill the misconceived
And fling them into unmarked graves
Un-prayed for and un-grieved...
Unseen, unheard, unloved, unknown,
Miscalled "mistakes, mis-made" –
Un-dressed, un-blessed, not "laid to rest"
But mindlessly "mis-laid".
And when we name the names of those
Who ruled with bloodstained hand,
Who’ll name the unnamed innocents
They slaughtered through this land?
Daniel Holmes

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