Bombs in the national stadium,
In concert halls and restaurants.

Guns down Parisian boulevards,
Not polo-necks and absinthe shots.

A night on the town that ended with
The ending of some hundred lives:

The young, the free, the future of
The European continent.

Of course, we must condemn these acts,
Commiserate and plan to stop

The radical desire to kill
That fundamentalists adopt.

And yet, ‘REVENGE’ is on the lips
Of politicians and other folk,

But can revenge achieve that PEACE
That everyone is hoping for?

Blanket bombing Syria
Will merely kill more innocents

We’ll fuel more terroristic thirst,
And in our rage make matters worse.

Stephen Partington