The thing with torture

words move, torture, humour, war games, effectiveness, interrogator


On the African savannah,
The mission brief had been simple.
Go in and find a Warthog,
By sunset.

The Americans had nuked the place,
Then claimed there had been none,
To begin with.

The Israelis against strong,
Local advice,

Had sent in Mossad,

Why go in looking like food?

They lost good men to lions,
But eventually got their warthog.

The Africans, however,
Had not reported by nightfall,

So at daybreak a search party was launched.

They found three sweaty soldiers,
Whipping a giraffe,
Spread-eagled securely to an Acacia tree,

Whilst the Sergeant-at-arms
-taking notes-
Yelled –
“Confess you’re a Warthog, confess!”

See – nigger, whore, bitch!

photo –

evocative short poetry – words move

9 thoughts on “The thing with torture

  1. Temeka says:

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  2. Well done! And I love your ending!

    Thanks for visiting one of my humorous poetry blogs (Political Madness), It’s great to meet another person who writes political poetry!

  3. brilliant satire – possibly one of my favourites (though I love so many of yours, I can’t be certain!)

  4. this is great.

    brilliant mind speaks.

  5. Charlie Zero says:

    wow!!! this my friend is a great poem!

    You’re writing style is very stunning and good value in it.

    Thank you for you being you.

    ~Charlie Zero

  6. Marian says:

    the thing with torture is, what does it have to do with that sexy guy?
    that is a whole nother kind of torture.

  7. danroberson says:

    Leave an officer in charge and the giraffe only gets whipped. Leave a warrier in charge and the giraffe would already have confessed. That’s the way with the world. The wrong ones are in charge.

  8. dustus says:

    Just read your last couple posts. Some hard hitting social commentary. Very effective, direct writing style. Nice work. Cheers

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