Beheadings by the Islamic State in Tripoli.‘A Tour Guide’s Speech’ by John Kolyav The Society January 23, 2017 Poetry, Terrorism 2 Comments “Tourist, see this stained beach in Tripoli Where one and twenty men were forced to kneel Ere cutting down their heads by unholy Fanatics, as god’s servants themselves feel They are still at large, offer flesh and blood And mock god by empty prayer, fasting But their most heinous deeds no wave or flood Can wipe; sad tale this shore will ever sing. Who foster them? Think, none else—you and I! They grow strong daily on our tolerance O if we take up arms we need not die And the world for thriving has a fair chance. Unreasonably heads roll to the sea: When bigots exist none from threat is free.” Aged 53, John Kolyav is an Indian national. A postgraduate, he worked as a teacher for twenty years. He has published three books of poetry and five novels in Malayalam and a novelette in English entitled, “Asexuality.” He has won four state level awards for literature. He was the runner-up in the Holland Park Press International Contest in February 2014 for his poem “Flames of no Masks.” In the UPLI Global Poetry Contest in 2015, he won the Silver Medal for the Judy Cheung Award and was a Finalist of the Rex Valentine Award. Related Post Two Sonnets by Andrew Barker Sonnet 201. The Force that Through the Green Fuse Pulls the Poem. Written in the Dylan Thomas Museum, Swansea. July 2017 Oh to be the Poet! Love the... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 2 Responses Margaret O'Discol January 24, 2017 ‘They grow strong daily on our tolerance’,….great line! Reply John Kolyav January 24, 2017 Thank you very much, dear Margaret! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.