Earth has not shown anything more evil;
traumatised all those who would stumble by
a sight so shocking in its travesty.
This city, plunged in darkness, drew a veil
on those who ventured out to breathe, to live:
now still on bloodied pavements. Strangers try
to open airways; paramedics cry.
Parliament questions what it can achieve.
Daylight was to rise on a new carnage.
Someone denied his humanity
yet, as has been said, in the old adage:
there’s nothing new at all. Profanity
ever explodes in pointless destruction,
but somehow, with more violence, in our age.