Why Norway, why in this way?

 

The following poem marks the terrorist attack that shocked the Norwegian people on July 22nd, 2011.

Why Norway, why in this way?

Why? A question with no answer

As no answer fills the void

No answer rises to decipher

Why Norway, why in this way?

Why terror strikes without a thought

Why it devastates, demolishes, devours

Why it raises hell that ends in naught?

But why Norway, why in this way?

Oslo is mourning, Utoeya is bleeding

Innocence is defiled, paradise betrayed

Common sense is for answers pleading

Why Norway, why in this way?

Flower after flower, beauty after beauty

The murderer chose with ill intent

To ambush life with heinous duty

But why Norway, why in this way?

With every cry, he chose to pry

No tear should live, to tell the tale

No young elite, no one to sigh

But why Norway, why in this way?

Small and tender as be they may

Adept Norwegians astounded all

As Vikings and Black Death they kept at bay

And never will they; another dismay,

Make them sway, not in this way

A home of democracy, a resort of peace,

Norway will remain, for all to breathe

No color to bar, no creed to cease

And never will they; another dismay

Make them sway, not in this way.

Bashir Goth, July 24th, 2011.

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