To The Boys Who Carried Out The Ballybrit Mosque Attack – Kevin Higgins

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To The Boys Who Carried Out The Ballybrit Mosque Attack

You wish you could waddle

up the Monivea Road like Lord Haw Haw

wearing a scar the length of your jaw

you got fighting communists

but cut yourself shaving once

and didn’t like it.

 

In the absence of a girl who’ll let

you between her legs

you’d love to invade Russia or Iran

but can’t afford the air fare

so instead smashed some glass.

 

All you want is a part-time job

in the local concentration camp

but there isn’t one around here

yet, so instead you broke a window

and heroically chucked some books out it.

 

You once thought of reading a book

to find out why you’re where you are

instead spend the hiatus between

wanks listening to the voices

in the videos on your phone tell you

whose fault your life is.

 

You needed to be someone

so wrecked a guy’s framed family photographs,

fled sniggering up the hill,

still no one.

KEVIN HIGGINS