“Torn” by Tariq MaQbool

By: Tariq MaQbool
In the chaos of it all, I stand so small,
One life with purpose, the other’s in thrall,
Through countless storms and tragedies I tread,
But nothing makes sense, a tangled web widespread.

A thirst for blood, unending, unrestrained,
A child’s birth is innocence, yet guilt’s maintained,
On the other side, when will the world awaken wide,
For lies are the currency, truth brushed aside.

One voice silenced, labeled as hate’s decree,
Yet the other’s lies accepted as truth to be,
Life’s meaning, a riddle, both deep and shallow,
My existence monstrous, theirs an angel’s callow.

In the arena of existence, where values collide,
Why is one life precious, the other pushed aside?
I’ve witnessed humanity’s end, a mournful requiem,
The death of men, in a world where truth grows dim.

2 comments on ““Torn” by Tariq MaQbool”

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  • Anonymous
    October 21, 2023 8:28 pm
    He is the Best Incarcerated writer in America. ❤️ his sense of being. Even in this time, and subject matter of turmoil, he seems to make sense. Grace! For an Israeli Jew like me, his words tug at my heart and shows me a reflection in the mirror that I wasn’t aware of. I simply loved it.
    • Eddie MaQbool
      October 26, 2023 2:31 pm

      Thanks for your comment and encouraging words. We sincerely appreciate it and the message has been relayed to Tariq already.