We live in such amazing times
Too serious for my flippant rhymes
So I ask myself, as you must too
Against such people – what's to do?
Security in all our schools
And metro stations - means new rules
Where's the workforce and the guns?
Have we an endless tap on funds?
It's culture that defines our lives
With all these closures – what survives?
Who are we when all's said and done
When plays and concerts are struck dumb?
Our joie de vivre takes a hard knock
We ponder history - take stock;
As Peace of Mind looks on – and mourns
Fanaticism takes new forms ...
(c) Poet in the woods 2015
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 22nd November, 2015.