Two Sides to the Story by Lynn White

Two Sides to the Story

There are always two sides to every story,
you said.
The marchers were armed.
The marchers were aggressive.
Faced with tanks.
Faced with soldiers in full combat gear.
Faced with snipers armed with live ammunition.
Armed with only stones,
and only some of them.
There are always two sides to every story,
you said.
They were going to storm the border.
There was going to be a mass invasion.
Two sides
to every story?
Do you really believe that
for a demonstration of unarmed people
marching along their own border
when the snipers and soldiers and tanks
are already waiting.
There were terrorists amongst them
waiting to cross over
intent on doing us harm,
you said,
there are two sides two every story.
Would the harm be similar
to the tens who were killed
and the hundreds that were injured?
We have a right to defend our border,
You said, and yes,
there are always two sides to every story.
Every story.
Well ok, fine,
if that’s what you think,
you will want to hear it for the Nazis then!
No! That’s not what you meant.
That story stands alone
one sided.
Really? No!
It’s not alone.
Not really.

© 2018 Lynn White


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Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been widely published. Find Lynn at:


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