Lost on Bastille Day


Lost on Bastille Day

‘Let them eat heads
and suck sockets dry

before they answer “Why”‘.

 

I’ve lost my count of children

– the adults never counted –

lost to the flags of war.

 

It’s said that ten valuable ones

were crushed on Thursday night

promenading where the English played.

 

Others say Fallujah girls and boys

were incinerated over falafels

and their fathers cried for ever.

 

If there are any grandchildren awaiting birth

they’ll be primed like birds of prey

to strike without warning.

 

Will you count the loss for us?