A Lone Man | Griselda Steiner - Scene4 Magazine - November 2015

Griselda Steiner

“Kill a man and you are an assassin.

Kill millions of men and you are a conqueror.

Kill everyone and you are a god.”

Bishop Beilby Porteus - Bishop of London (1731-1809)


Who are the lone men

Out to destroy our lives

What drives them?


Today a lone man,

An assassin

Has more power at his fingertips

Than armies had centuries ago.


Today a lone man,

A dictator

Can turn his country into a desert

Overrun by terrorists

As his people migrate into the abyss.


Today a lone man,

A mad man – a jealous man

A man with a tank - With a backpack

With a car bomb - With a rifle

With a knife - With an atomic drone

Can carry out a mission

Then get fed in prison.


Today a lone man,

A pilot

Can ram his plane into a building, a mountain, the sea

And leave us to grieve a great mystery.


Today a lone man,

A bigot

Can bully the U.S. electorate

And turn politics into a circus.


Always, a lone man could change the world

An assassin,

By killing great men with new ideas

But never the ideas themselves.

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Griselda Steiner is a poet, dramatist and a freelance writer and Senior Writer for Scene4.
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