Roses Are Red

Roses are red,
Violence is too,
I have a bullet,
Just for you.
It’s lasar-guided,
Makes its aim true,
So that it gets there,
From me to You.

Roses are red,
Now you are too,
Nothing personal,
Just something to do.
Can’t watch TV,
There is nothing on,
So cycled downtown,
With a warm handgun.

Roses are red,
Lillies are white,
They lay on the ground,
They appear in the night.
The cards they are tear-stained,
The words they are fraught,
A friend who played with you,
A teacher who taught.

Roses are red,
But they burn very well,
As they go through the curtain,
As they go through the veil.
The cards are still tear-stained,
So now is the floor,
As they say their goodbyes,
As they walk through the door.

Roses are red,
Passions are too,
The TV, the Media,
Condemn what you do.
Few people can know,
And less understand,
What makes a child,
Fire a small warm handgun?

Roses Are Red

PhotogeniquE IPA

Wallasey, United Kingdom

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Artist's Description

In her last email, Suzanne asked us to reflect on somethng and write about it.

On the 22nd August 2007, an 11 year old boy, Rhys Jones, was shot dead in a Liverpool playground. His killer was thought to be 15 or 16 years old.

This poem is a reflection upon a society which has, through judical incompetence, been allowed to degenerate to the point where the Police and the general public seem impotent, in the face of appaling casual, and increasing gang, violence.

The words came to me this morning as I lay in bed with, for some reason, the childrens’ poem, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue’ going through my head.

© photogenique (dave peddie): using this poem, or any part thereof, for any purpose and in any way, without prior permission, may lead to legal action.

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