The Blood of Man, 2020

My poem is a story subliminally criticising the application of ancient scriptures in today’s society, and the immediate reversion to holy books written centuries ago for modern problems. The core issue within the poem is the conflict between morality and religion – as abiding solely by set words with no exceptions only leads to destruction as the cynicism of ancient scripture crosses paths with empathy. The setting is 1800s America, a time period often romanticised for its intrinsic outlandish and lawless nature – but the poem attempts to tackle the honest, violent nature of a lawless state, paralleled by the chaos that stems from unwavering belief in religious texts. The goal is to assert how violence and tryranny can only stem from itself: and thus to stop such patterns morality must be established. Although as the poem depicts a hanging, the question of the criminal’s innocence is left unanswered – the aim is to show the emotionlessness of their punishment regardless of guilt, questioning our moral values in modern society, our approach to ancient words in modern times, our mindset when seeking to punish someone for wrongdoing, and finally, the destructive cycle vengeance has on society, regardless of the pepetrators.