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Heads sprawled everywhere...
Small heads, big heads,
Women’s heads, children’s heads,
Forming a pyramid of sorrow.
Eyes barely shut,
Tears of blood streaking down
Ruddy cheeks of infants
Who will never see tomorrow.

 “Off with their heads!” they chant.
“They took a thousand of ours,
We must take ten thousand of theirs,” they vow.
“Starve them till heads drop
like rotten fruits from a mustard tree!

What audacity, to lay siege and kidnap!” they mutter in unison.
“In reprisal, we’ll blockade in self-defense,
Prevent any aid till they perish.
Bomb the borders till heads float
In bloody rivers of desolation!

“They flaunt, with impunity, the laws of war,
As heads begin to drop at the catastrophic threshold of starvation.
Heads of states, in confusion, play politics,
Jostling to bring peace to the banks of war,
Vetoing and counter-vetoing the reckless violations of human rights.

Heads keep rolling into the Jordan...
Big ones, small ones,
Civilian heads, in shallow graves,
Their stench a perfume of horror,
As the world watches on,
Weighing the value of one head over another.

About this poem

It is a poignant and harrowing poem that delves into the devastating impacts of conflict and the cyclical nature of violence. It vividly portrays the dehumanization and senseless loss of life in war, with a particular focus on the plight of civilians

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Written on May 23, 2024

Submitted by Abbykesington on May 25, 2024

1:02 min read


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Discuss the poem The Cost of a Head with the community...

  • acronimous
    Nice work!
    LikeReply 117 hours ago
    • Abbykesington
      Thanks. I hope it stirred in you a cord of compassion.
      LikeReply16 hours ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    Very Well Collected Piece. A Masterwork. Our Modern Society: Survival.
    LikeReply 119 hours ago
    • Abbykesington
      Thank you for appreciating this poem. It's one of those hard topics the world shy away from...
      LikeReply17 hours ago
  • amandak
    Such a powerful write. Truth is truth. I keep hearing how terrible things are becoming. Looking at history there's always been a dark side. Thank you
    LikeReply 12 days ago
    • Abbykesington
      Reprisal attacks often lead to the viscous circle of war. Civilians being the most hit. The world needs come together united against these killings...
      LikeReply 12 days ago
    • amandak
      United, One love. Agree with you completely
      LikeReply 11 day ago
  • RyanBlackborough
    That is some dark imagery. The opening definitely grabs your attention. Very well written.
    LikeReply2 days ago
  • dawg4jesus
    Consise and to the point. Great work! Keep it up and thank you.
    LikeReply 12 days ago
    • Abbykesington
      thanks for appreciating the poem. I hope you saw the picture...
      LikeReply2 days ago


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