The Terrorist

The Terrorist

Come my innocent children,
Help bleed my anger away.
Believe in what I say to you,
And it wont be death that you see today.

Countless virgins to choose from,
Your soul will be clean and free.
Strap on my terminal love,
And be a weapon for me.

In this death I see value,
For me it is worth your cost.
You do this in the name of life,
Until all of life is lost.

Joe McLaughlin

About this poem

What does a recruiter of terrorists tell the recruits that convinces them that their life is worth his cause.

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Written on March 25, 2014

Submitted by JoseCanUC on September 11, 2023

Modified by JoseCanUC on September 11, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 405
Words 97
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 2

Joe McLaughlin

Raised on a small farm outside of a small town in Texas, I was no stranger to work. It is this work ethic that has propelled my professional success but there is this other side of me. The side that deeply thinks about things. The side with an imagination and a desire to use my hands for more than just brute physical labor. more…

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  • kativa_r
    Opening your eyes to another person's view, especially a person that to some others is very horrifying, makes for an interesting read.
    When someone has hurt and anger that they don't know how to deal with, and an avenue for easy relief is presented with pretty pictures and promises of beauty, it's no wonder how someone is taken in by that. 
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • price_t
    Wow. That's deep man. Makes one wonder what Terrorist actually say to their followers to make them give up their life for what they believe in.
    LikeReply 110 months ago


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