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Poetry

Escalation

Mitigating circumstances should not allow us to confuse

A little understanding is no licence to abuse

If in the same position you'd blow yet another fuse

It's time you stopped and realised there's something wrong with you

And if you're on the side-lines of a case of violent rage

And find that you are saying you could make the same mistake

Then wipe that look of innocence from off your ugly face

For the threat of violence you have helped to propagate

The past is not our master, it's the teacher of our fate

We cannot use it's frailties to shape the human race

Enough with the excuses for multiplying of our pain

For every flash of anger refuels our war planes

Poetry