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A Growing Darkness

A Growing Darkness

By Rori O’Keeffe

Copyright © 2015 by Rori O’Keeffe

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[A Growing Darkness

[The Power Of The Creep

The bigot, the rapist, the common terrorist -

They all shame us with their undeniable humanity;

Reluctance to scorn the stupid, and bring them down,

Has wrought on the mild the scourges of the ages.

How do we hold back the hateful, while we send soldiers out

To kill the murderers?

How do we contain our leaders’ ambitions

To control all they survey?

How do we escape this darkness?

Desperation finds a way -

It is the mother of invention;

The earth quakes and we sway -

It is too late to prevent the past.

So, we know, there will be a tomorrow;

And, we feel, hope will spring once again;

But nightmares in Paris

Have brought this to a head:

We will not stop now,

Until the last murderer is dead.


A paper tiger, we have been called by the infamous one;

Did he still think so, as he died?

Our tolerance, our patient search for the more peaceful way,

Has come to an abrupt stop.

I can only plead, I can only pray,

For the honourable amongst us

Who look to Mecca -

That we send only the soldiers,

And keep the Tiger bound up in his cage.

The End

About Rori O’Keeffe

Rori was born in Cork, Ireland in 1975 and emigrated to Canada with her parents as a young child. She now resides in her cottage outside Perth, Ontario with her menagerie of cats and goldfish.

Emphasizing aggressive substance over style in her writing, Rori likes to think of herself as a “heavy-metal” poet: Her poetry and prose strive to be both sublime and engaging, and a little shocking at times, too.

Her point of view is laid bare for the reader, challenging people to consider things about life and the world that perhaps they have dismissed out of hand previously. She wants to spark contemplation in her readers rather than merely soothe the reader’s conscience and ego with what she refers to as “the obsequious manner of modern media.”

“Democracy doesn’t thrive by pandering to the public’s vanity, but by offering new, controversial and adaptive ideas,” she says. Whether you agree with her ideas or not, there is no denying that her work is memorable – and that is what she wants it to be, most of all.

By Rori O’Keeffe

Rori offers the following short works {as of September 22nd, 2015}:

The Memorable Verse Series

The Persistence Of Tunnel Vision

Emerging Love

Berserkers & Bare Naked Babes

A Respite From Clarity

How To Mix Paints

Poems On The Cheap

Love, Death, Chaos, Stars

A Poem For Mother, A Poem For Father

Passion & Love

On The Way To Paradise

Love Me With Your Flesh {An Erotic Poem}

Rori’s Poetry 2013

Hope Victorious

Castles In The Desert

An Aptitude For Perversity

Beautiful Ways

The Enemy Thrives Within

Why Hate Me?

The Music Of Living

All These Years In My Heart

The Bard From The Sea

Memorable Verse Volume 1

A Thousand Deaths

Resurrection Of The Impaler


Thin Walls Taboo Orange


The Journey


Modern Eros

Modern Muse

A Growing Darkness

The Unforgettable Fairy Tales Series

The Sloughing Off Of Edgar Allen Tadpole’s Tail

The Tricks & The Treats

The Queen, The Spy & The Troll Below

Fools’ Cemetery

Bob’s Eyes

The Mystical Blue Series

One Helluva Lotta Nerve!

The Philosopher Queen


Lights That Lead, Lead Astray

Sunrise Wisdom

Out Of The Burning Forest

Love Eclipsed

Adult Humor

My Little Blue Bestiary

I Heard It At The Pub Crawl

Spiralling Out Of Control

The Top 10 Strategies Of Successful Bachelors

My Charming Slut

Short Fiction

Late One Summer Night

Our Anniversary


The Mediocrity of the Thought Police

Autumn in the Mind

The Delusional Status Quo and the Defiance of Hopefulness

All these titles are available at fine Ebook retailers everywhere. You can go to Rori’s Shakespir profile page, read her Shakespir interview, see her favorite authors and what she reads, as well as perusing her works by using this hyperlink: https://www.Shakespir.com/profile/view/ROOKEE

Peace, and thanks for reading!

A Growing Darkness

Friday the thirteenth earned its grisly reputation this November in France. As some leaders such as our own Justin Trudeau haven't woken up to the never-ending nature of this terrorist threat, others are starting to get real. Two poems, a paltry 200 words or so, is all I take to sum up my resolve to see these murderers destroyed, and, at the same time, to spare the innocent. A Tiger has awoken in the western world, I am certain, and let us hope it our soldiers that we send, and not the Tiger.

  • ISBN: 9781310685361
  • Author: Rori O'Keeffe
  • Published: 2015-11-16 23:05:07
  • Words: 733
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