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Children's Crusade

The first Children's Crusade enslaved  
the gullible and dimwitted.  
But none of us - it seems - are saved    
from child soldier naifs, outwitted    
by propaganda of depraved    
greedy predators.  Ill fitted    
is reason to hysteria -    
like talking to diphtheria.    
    
With sincerity beyond doubt,    
their decency is weaponised.    
The modern Fagins send them out    
to pick the pockets of the despised;    
with carbon trading there's no lout    
to show the theft and be compromised.    
As to this rehearsal scheming -    
a prelude to taxing breathing.
AnonymousBystander
Written by AnonymousBystander
Published | Edited 30th Jul 2019
Author's Note
My entry to the competition 'Visualise it - global warming' https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/10879/
I used tetrameter rather than the pentameter to try and put the in some...
My entry to the competition 'Visualise it - global warming' https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/10879/
I used tetrameter rather than the pentameter to try and put the in some sort of unthinking urgency. Of course the poem could be a lot better and so criticisms are more than welcome.

Here's a link to carbon trading https://www.fern.org/news-resources/what-is-carbon-trading-584/ if you also search for ROC (renewable option certificates) to give the mechanism of wealth transfer from poor (the despised in the poem) to rich (the Fagins) using the weaponised sincerity of the naif child soldiers.
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