Dirty pictures

pornography of weapons

on the page

what they inflict

see the blade?

curve of trigger

barrel’s deep plunge

sphere of grenade

imagine the blood

a tank

a wank

a way to outflank

enemies

fire in the belly

a hole

torn

fabric of life

shorn

covet these

objects

of war

don’t touch

whore

where is

mother love

or

woman’s touch

in such

violence

displayed

Photo by Vladimir Palyanov on Unsplash

4 comments

  1. Powerful. Great opening line: “Pornography of weapons”. The pornography of violence is not nearly as ridiculed as they pornography of nudity when the latter can cause much more physical damage. Fantastic thoughts and words here.

    1. Thankyou. This poem was inspired by looking at my kids’ Star Wars books – there are pages of lovingly crafted weapons shown there – and this is a book for kids! Something so wrong when it’s ok to look at instruments of death but not the instruments of life!!

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