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The Cry of the Terrorist

This poetry was written by my father in 2002. He maintains his own blog as well. I hope you will find it as inspiring as I did. I wrote a poem too, called The Time, feel free to make a comparison!

June 16th, 2002.

The Cry of the Terrorist
By Naseem Mahnavi

To aim to kill or not to kill?
That is the vital question.
For many, an act of deliberate will;
For some, a mere compulsion.

In a jungle full of carnivores,
In a city inhabited by cannibals;
Are there any ethical mores?
Can there be any shielding walls?

The clever one just intimidates,
The imbecile takes up a noisy gun.
For one who can not take dictates,
Blowing up self is mighty fun.

Can one control a raging typhoon?
Or hold down an earthquake?
The fury of nature subsides soon;
But not the fires that people make.

The child cries like insane,
And kicks at anything that comes its way.
But mother knows that it is in pain,
And her tender caress makes it play.

So where is the mother of the terrorist?
Who could nurse him and give him solace.
Terrorists are there in every nation,
And they are the children of the human race.

Their pain arises from inherited sores,
Legends of conquests, tyrannies and wars;
Histories tainted with acrimonious lores,
And faiths that have been turned into farce.

So Mother! Wake up and turn around;
The time for sweet dreams is over now.
Your baby cries; you have to be found,
No matter where, no matter how.



  1. Shaima said,

    June 27, 2005 @ 10:55 pm

    those are inspiring words =)

  2. Tall Dark Handsome said,

    June 28, 2005 @ 10:15 am

    I dont want to disclose where I work. :)

    But sure I can send you the email I got. You should be subscribed to the alumni lists. :D

    I had the hostname VOX and IRC nicks, so many everyone lost count. But I had a bot named Tall Dark Handsome. Nash got called up by Microsoft. Waiting for an interview for PM, while he sits in GIKI doing his final semester (hopefully).

  3. Anonymous said,

    June 28, 2005 @ 8:38 pm

    Cool Poem Man I was joking but its a bad policy to delete comments ;-)

  4. DedE said,

    July 19, 2005 @ 11:31 am

    a very cool poem yaar!i must say nxt time u write one.. take help from ur father..;)

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