The Terrorist’s Blade

blade of death

When that blade cuts through flesh like butter,
and a human head is severed clean,
sawn through vessels, muscle and bone,
as lifeless eyes stare back vacantly, glazed,
do you wonder if a thought prevails,
or where the soul has gone?

Do you become elated in your cruelty,
perhaps exhilarated in thinking
you hold a power, something of importance,
or is it the pleasure of tasking life,
a fascination of how fragile we all are,
or maybe its a turn on to make a life bleed?

It all seems so matter-of-fact,
no qualms or hesitation felt
for the suffering and removal of a life unlived,
or perhaps you, in some dark quiet place,
can feel an anguish burning,
for the evil that lives within, lost to sin.

How futile your life, with what you have chosen,
to disregard value and justify death,
for a flimsy human belief,
and how reduced you have become,
to just a machine of destruction,
with not a clue; an animal would be a compliment.

I am amazed at how easy it is
to fall to malicious cruelty,
to deliberate acts of genocide,
driven by blind and ignorant beliefs,
that have no substance, just insanity;
how cheap life has become.

Any being who kills so freely and without qualm,
even enjoys the act, is less than human,
and no matter what led them to these atrocities,
they are personally lost beyond redemption,
and on an earth that continuously seeks peace,
these people have no place.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

6 thoughts on “The Terrorist’s Blade

  • August 10, 2016 at 1:57 AM

    Very strong statements and so accurate as to the evil in our world today. It is like those terrorists have reverted back to ancient times when life was nothing but bloody wars over “flimsy beliefs”. How horrid that they have sunk so low. How can those who carry lanterns for peace progress when there is so much evil? Makes me think of the time of Vlad III at war with the Ottoman Empire – all the impaling and bloody battles. Wow! Tony. Well penned.

  • August 10, 2016 at 2:16 AM

    Thanks Phyllis, yes its like we’ve just slipped back a few hundred years. Pleased you enjoyed the work. take care.

  • August 10, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    So well said, Tony. This is a very emotive piece but such a vivid description of these evil terrorists the whole world has been infected by. We need things like the Olympic Games to bring the world together in peace and try to put these outrages out of mind for just a little while.. Then resume trying to find a solution to try and overcome them.

  • August 10, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    So true John, I love the Olympics, a worthy distraction. Take care my friend.

  • August 12, 2016 at 6:08 AM

    Sometimes I question is the world more evil today, or has modern technology just made it easier to report on? Your poem makes one wonder where we are really headed.

  • August 12, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    I think you’re right, with communications technology so sophisticated, we know about everything that goes on and so much of it is negative. All we can do is hope humanity finds a heart and relents on all this persecution and violence. Much appreciated Kurt.


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