It’s Dark Now

There was a time when
‘it’s not dark yet”
seemed apposite,
suitably pessimistic
for that time
but with a ray of hope.
But now night is falling fast.

In the wake of the Nazi holocaust
no one offered excuses for them
no exceptions were made.
International organisations were set up
to ensure that international laws were upheld.
War criminals would be prosecuted without exception
and states committing genocide would be sanctioned.

But that was then.
Now an exception is made for one state
that has broken international law
for decades without sanction
and has committed plausible genocide,
it’s leaders now identified as war criminals.

Now, as darkness falls,
even with unanimity between all
international organisations
and all aid agencies,
it is those organisations
and those agencies who are vilified,
demonised, denounced and threatened
not the state accused,
not the perpetrators.
They are excused.

The most powerful of nations
are on their side
even though
the death of humane humanity
is being screened screaming
even though
it’s black as pitch in Rafah.

Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud "War Poetry for Today" competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. You can find Lynn at and Read other articles by Lynn, or visit Lynn's website.