Sunday, 9 September 2018

A Flaming Torch Dressed in Peaceful Flowers

A Flaming Torch Dressed in Peaceful Flowers

You can hide the flaming torch
behind a blue and yellow daisy
but Sweden’s memory
needn’t be so short
lazy voters and lazy thinkers.
I hear you refusing to make difficult choices -
claiming neutrality
was never neutral, and by doing so you must know you are complicit.

Call yourself non-political, anarchist, or fence sitter,
sometimes you need to take a stand.
You can hide behind your flower of peace
but I will always save my deepest contempt
for all who refuse to take sides.
Let’s remember how Hitler’s army was allowed to tramp
through Sweden
on the not so very long journey
to nazify Norway.

Hard choices were always hard choices.

© S. O. Fasrus

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