No false ideal can be a true defence
When evil, as a spoiled and angry child
Can break and shatter childhood innocence,
To be, by any feeling heart, reviled.
No hope can find its birth in violence
As death’s own purpose is itself defiled.
The earth is scarred by Man’s insanity
And empty arms hold only memory.

Some feign belief and then defy the laws
On which their path depends to reach its goal,
Examine others’ paths to note the flaws
Whilst seeing theirs the only truth and whole.
They set themselves apart and preach a cause
Abhorrent to their brothers’ heart and soul.
The breakers are the broken and the lost
And their rejection bears a human cost.

No child has lived enough to need to die,
A mother’s tears are better shed in joy;
No heart should break to know the reason why
A life became a statistician’s toy.
In rage and hate, we raise ouselves too high,
In bitterness, humanity destroy.
And yet, Man numbers less than grains of sand
Or stars that glitter in the cosmic Hand.

 ottava rima for d’Verse

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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36 Responses to Innocents

  1. Ritu says:

    Touching words… 🙏


  2. memadtwo says:

    Stars glittering in the cosmic hand…if only we could absorb that light. (K)


  3. willowdot21 says:

    Man’s inhumanity to man , including children who often suffer the most. I just weep at the thought of it all. ❤


  4. Imelda says:



  5. frankhubeny says:

    Very nice rhyme, meter and meaning. I liked this line in particular: “A mother’s tears are better shed in joy”. Thank you for linking with us at dVerse!


  6. Colin Lee says:

    Truth in every line. I read them twice. Thank you for sharing.


  7. A deep and meaningful poem, each stanza adding to what’s whol, and after a weak of death we know that afterwards it’s always late,

    Liked by 1 person

  8. It’s heartbreaking, Sue. If only all mothers’ and fathers’ tears were shed for joy. The choice to harm and kill children is made every day all over the world, overtly and covertly, with bombs and with a denial of safety and the resources needed for a happy healthy successful life. It hurts the heart.


  9. balroop2013 says:

    Poignant and profound…your words go straight to my heart Sue but monsters continue to roam free to unleash the horror…same story has been going on for ages!


  10. Bev says:

    “No heart should break to know the reason why …A life became a statistician’s toy.” Beautiful, meaningful, and poignant words.


  11. rivrvlogr says:

    Somber words for somber times.


  12. dgkaye says:

    Sue this was truly beautiful, rich with meaning. ❤


  13. This is so moving, Sue xx


  14. Rae Longest says:

    Heartbreakingly beautiful.


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