The Fallen

Bridie Canning
Distortion of language kills.
“Smart bombs, Friendly Fire,
Taken out, collateral damage”
Men, women, children die.
Statues topple, echoes from Iraq
Rebound off Derry Walls,
Symbols of power inanimate,
Animated by people’s anger,
Fall in hope of democracy,
Language distorted hides death.

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