I see a future of war
and evil intent,
poverty, famine
and dark discontent.

A world descended
into desolate gloom,
all joy and laughter
ushered out of the room.

I see helpless children
in war-torn streets,
tattered; just rags,
standing cold in bare feet.

Shattered, bedraggled
a fearful frieze,
like leaves of loss
blown about by a breeze.

I see mothers crying
tears of despair,
holding lifeless bodies
and beseeching the air.

Men, bent and broken,
dejected, defiled,
with blank staring faces,
just waiting to die.

All hearts and humanity,
all pride and joy,
just battered, discarded
like yesterday’s toys.

There’s a question screaming
from the deepest despair…

“Why did we ever
let it go that far?”

Written by Darren Scanlon, October 2013.
Revised 26th February 2016.
©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

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Darren Scanlon

Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in the English Northwest.

His sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style has earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon for both his novels and his poetry. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16 and is published on many websites including 'High On Poems', where he has received great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you amongst our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

"Hey Up, Matron!", a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients.

Two books into the gritty crime/gangster thriller, the 'Danny Roberts Series' – "Broken Angel" & "Broken Wings".

"Positively Poetic Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", four volumes of poetry exploring many and various moods and subjects.

"A Mouse’s Tale", an illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems).

"Alphabet Zoo", an illustrated children’s ABC book.

"The Book Of Loops And Laughter", an illustrated collection of funny poems for children and adults of all ages.

Future projects include:

"Way Back When", a comical look at childhood now and back in the 1970’s and how life has changed.

"Book 3 of the 'Danny Roberts' series.

For full details of all my work, please visit my website, http://darrenscanlon.wordpress.com

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