Violent Youth

Violent Youth

A Poem by Natalie C
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Based upon the Krugersdorp Killing (SA)

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Timid and young, warily

You stand alone, withdrawn

Within the shadow of your lasting shame

Glancing for an understanding hand

 

The world cannot explain

Their mortal minds looking for something to blame

As shocked they blindly stand

Wondering if your victim ever stood a chance

 

Hidden behind your idol’s mask

One cannot stop to wonder

If it was his lyrics  

That put you in this deadly trance

 

Your reflection never shone

On a samurai blade so long

As the crimson stained drops drip

From the smooth edge, slashing him to death

 

Playing the hero of fate

The villain broke through a delirious mind   

Leaving many speechless

As a young life was ruthlessly lost

 

Your humanity has shut down

Never realizing at what cost to us

Standing now on the podium of no return

Hoping for mercy you never shown

 

 

 


© 2008 Natalie C



Author's Note

Natalie C
Based upon the Krugersdorp Killing (SA);

Morne Harmse, the 18-year-old accused of slashing to death a classmate with a Samurai sword was allegedly involved in Satanism when killing a 16-year-old boy and stabbing two workers at a Krugersdorp High School on Monday morning - 18/08/2008. The boy had painted his face black and wore a black balaclava, resembling the drummer of the band Slipknot, It was said that Satan told him to kill the children."

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This is a very important poem for this site. I want to say this because this points out that wherever we are, whatever we do, as a human race we are all affected by the same problems. I think sometimes it's easy to wrap yourself into where you live and not see the wider picture. Unfortunately top politicians should be the ones coming up with solutions for the world. Instead they are too insular as well. I think the undercurrence of violence around the world is an important issue (maybe we should forget the wealth of our countries and fighting for oil.....)

Interestingly, whilst I realise that the band wish to disassociate themselves from this, I would have liked to have read a statement from them. Rather like Marilyn Manson they would rather just play with the imagery. Thats fair enough but then, especially if you are young, you look further into lyrics, where they came from and what they mean eventually becoming disturbed. Back in my school days (yes Nats, I can remember that far back!) I too was taken in my musicians lyrics and caused problems - maybe I should feel fortunate that the music I listened to at that time was not so orientated towards 'satan'.

On this subject, I read about parents being to blame. This I think is unfair. Society as a whole should be taking a look at itself (as you say in the poem) and questioning what is/has gone wrong. Something must change - I hope.

Once again very well done. xxx

Posted 9 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.




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That's sad, but an important thing to get the public aware of. That's a scary, sad thing. I think it might give me nightmares. That kid needs to be locked up somewhere... ALONE, without sharp objects. Gives me chills... oooo.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Very sad and unfortunate indeed. When I was 20, I attended my first "show" in NYC, and to my horror, while on line to get into the place, I watched a gang of skin heads literally KICK THE CRAP out of one guy, who was curled up in the fetal position on the sidewalk. In fact, I wasn't the only one watching. Did I do anything? No. I'm a 5' tall girl... and was too shocked to move. Violence is older than Satan himself, I think.

As for music and lyrics.... being a writer.... I know I've written poems that may be considered "reckless" or violent. What would I do if someone ever cited one of my works as a reason to kill??? Hmmmm. A very deep, and as Gary said, universal condition.

I also agree that it's not the parents... it's not the lyrics.... it's not the bands. It is PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. I always prefer the times when "the village raised the child".... it always sounds like such a good time to live in. Why aren't we doing this now? right, we are. We let the "village" raise our children.... only problem is the "village" happens to be TV, Internet, Radio, Movies, Schools, Teachers, Police and everyone else. I sure don't know how to resolve the issue.... and actually wonder if we ever can. Even if we removed all the violence from music, tv, etc..... there will still be violence. Is it human nature? I don't know... but the history of the world sure seems to indicate so.

An excellent tribute to the fallen babes..... I pray one day we all find that violence does NOT become us.

Posted 9 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Ugh, these sick people, i swear. No, i never heard of this incident, really. I agree with Gary as well. People are affected by traumatic events such as these. It's hard to cope with, i know. But the hard part of it all, is that people who do these henious crimes, could be and/or look like average Joes. And you would never know. Ugh, crazy world :( Great poem tho.

B.A.

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

very heavy. I had not heard about this story but there have been stories like this for as long music has been around. I liked the way you wrote this in a way it was not passing judgments against either side but only giving the facts.


Great Job!!!!

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wow what a tragic write but that certainly soots the situation... I didn't really know anything bout this until I read this but I have know of others... what could lead a child to such dark ways is really sad... the poem itself is written with such intense creativity but makes a strong statement.

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is a very important poem for this site. I want to say this because this points out that wherever we are, whatever we do, as a human race we are all affected by the same problems. I think sometimes it's easy to wrap yourself into where you live and not see the wider picture. Unfortunately top politicians should be the ones coming up with solutions for the world. Instead they are too insular as well. I think the undercurrence of violence around the world is an important issue (maybe we should forget the wealth of our countries and fighting for oil.....)

Interestingly, whilst I realise that the band wish to disassociate themselves from this, I would have liked to have read a statement from them. Rather like Marilyn Manson they would rather just play with the imagery. Thats fair enough but then, especially if you are young, you look further into lyrics, where they came from and what they mean eventually becoming disturbed. Back in my school days (yes Nats, I can remember that far back!) I too was taken in my musicians lyrics and caused problems - maybe I should feel fortunate that the music I listened to at that time was not so orientated towards 'satan'.

On this subject, I read about parents being to blame. This I think is unfair. Society as a whole should be taking a look at itself (as you say in the poem) and questioning what is/has gone wrong. Something must change - I hope.

Once again very well done. xxx

Posted 9 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Who to blame, or is it something, a poem that can be viewed from both sides
Well done
Leran Vakem

Posted 9 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.


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