Theme: Silence

Louder Than Words

by R. D. Ashby
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At Question Time, amid election fever
somebody mentioned ISIS, about its
attraction for Muslim youth born and reared
in British society, as to why
they would want to leave: nobody answered.
 
‘Don’t know,’ said one non-Muslim on the panel,
chorused by bewilderment in all there
seated; Muslims in the camera scan
easily distinguished had no answer
that would not compromise them to a man.
 
Never suggested, the answer must come
from the defectors, so viewed from both sides,
Muslim and non-Muslim; but that their action
gave it, what in words was silence that rides
the echo chambers of British opinion.

03-Apr-2015

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