Violence and passivity

Violence and passivity
Go hand in hand
Like boy and girl
Across the blood-stained land

One man stabs another
People carry on
Their pointless lives poisoned
By what’s been done

The world fills up with violence
Cats hiss at birds
Cows munch, elephants die
A calf is snatched from the herd

They carry on hardly concerned
Like Velcro people sticking to promises
Of a man-made paradise on earth
Made of washing machines, democratically led

I wonder if where you’re standing now
Violence struck there years ago
While a crowd of people stood and stared
At a beheading in the snow

And when the food of violence is gone
Violence feeds on itself
For love is treated as absurd
And is second best to wealth