Poetry – Cruelty Our Ecstasy

Cruelty Our Ecstasy

A drill through the leg, the liver and the head.

We love it!!

A ring for the bull, the badger and the fool.

We love it!!

Agony

Cruelty

Our ecstasy.

We love it!!

Red hot poker through the eye, crush your balls to hear you cry.

We love it!!

A shock deep in the cunt, a smack with something blunt.

We love it!!

Inject the acid, burn the brain, til we’ve driven you insane.

We love it!!

Agony

Cruelty

Our ecstasy.

We love it!!

Shoot, burn, stab and kick, do it slow and never quick.

We love it!!

Gang rape the little boy, treat his sister like a toy.

We love it!!

Hunt the tiger, stab the whale; saw the head off the little girl.

We love it!!

We love it!!

Tease with a word, a joke, – a lie, a leer, a sneering poke.

We love it!!

Bully for you, another wog another Jew,

We love it!!

Another push, another kick, another threat, another pick.

We love it!!

Display the skin, the horn the head, shoot them all full of lead

We love it!!

We love it!!

Cruelty

Agony

Our Ecstasy

We loooove it!!!!!

Load the nails in the grenade; imagine the mess you will have made.

We love it!!

Pull off every one of the wings, cut off the legs and all the fins

We love it!!

Cruelty

Agony

Our Ecstasy

We loooove it!!!!!

We love it!!

Opher 23.5.07

Cruelty Our Ecstasy

You might not want to read this one.

I wrote this in response to the callous, inhumane way that the sectarian killings were being carried out. There seemed no limit to the desire to inflict pain. If someone could be tortured longer and more cruelly then that was the aim. The electric drill was the favoured tool. The only limits were those imposed by our imagination.

Humanity has a propensity for enjoying the pain and agony of others. At our worst we are vicious, callous and indescribably evil.

Every war sees its range of torture, brutality, rape and despicable violence.

We create tribes and gang up on each other. We bully, use derogatory terms, racial slurs and put-downs to upset and destroy others. We can be so nasty that we cause self-harm, suicides and destroy individuals We create stereotypes of whole races and nations that end up in wars.

The inhumanity shown to animals is almost unbelievable. I watched a film where a crew were catching hundreds of sharks, slicing their fins off and flinging the living fish back over the side. It was not possible to imagine the agony those fish suffered.

Round the world there are cock-pits, bull-rings, bear-baiting, dog fights, and badger baiting. The crowds gather to excitedly jeer.

In China they are reputed to kill the dogs by boiling them alive in their dog festival.

I don’t know how the torturers of people and animals manage to sleep. I don’t know how they manage to reconcile what they do with any code of morality, inner conscience or religious views. Some of them are doing this in the name of religion. Somehow they believe that their god sanctions such barbarity.

It almost makes me believe in evil. Except this isn’t evil. It is part of human nature. We did not get to be the dominant species by being nice. We are the biggest, meanest motherfuckers on the planet.

I believe we have to recognise this tendency and prevail against it. At our best we are altruistic, pleasant, friendly, loving and kind. That is the side we need to nurture. That ‘Evil’ side needs containing and controlling. We need laws, counselling, education and assistance to be the best we can be.

I believe we can create a better, positive zeitgeist and learn to live without needing violence, division, bullying, cruelty and evil. We can put it behind us.

We can become civilized!

2 thoughts on “Poetry – Cruelty Our Ecstasy

  1. Back in the day when I used to live in a Surrey market town with an abattoir at its heart, it was a common sight to see escaped pigs running up the High Street being chased by men with knives. At first it was amusing until one day I was walking past a lorry delivering a new batch of pigs and I heard sounds, more than usual, of thumping and squealing coming from inside. I squeezed down the side of the lorry to the rear where there was a ramp with pigs stumbling down into the yard.

    First I saw a pig with its tail ripped off, then a man emerged with some sort of cattle prod stabbing the animals anywhere and everywhere; on their bodies and in their faces. He spotted me and I just shook my head at him. He came over and pointing the prod at the bottom of the ramp, said ‘And what do you think about that then?’ There was a dead pig lying on its side with the remaining pigs running over the top of it. From that day on I became a vegetarian, not because of any meat issues as such but because I became aware of our potential for appalling animal husbandry.

    I do now eat meat again but I have to know that it has come from a responsible source and where possible, is Organic.

    1. I too saw cruelty at the market in Kingston. I think that some people become hardened. The animals are a nuisance and they see nothing wrong in ill-treating them.
      I eat very little meat. It’s so difficult to know how the animals have been treated. Shipping terrified live animals around the country and abroad is cruel in itself.

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