the four riders

I and I saw, and behold, a white horse, and its rider had a bow;…and he went out conquering and to conquer.
II and out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword.
III and I saw, and behold, a black horse, and its rider had a balance in his hand; and I heard… a voice saying: A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, but do not harm oil and wine!
IV and I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him, and they were given power…, to kill…(Revelation 6: 2, 4 – 6, 8)

First: White

firearms speaking
both Allah and Jehovah
are losing their right of voice
what does the White Rider stand for?

Second: Red

to wail. to shout, to cry out
against these mountains of corpses
created in defence
of human rights.

amongst heaps of dead bodies
some still quick
passing judgement.

behold the sky of fire-colour,
behold the waters blood-red
the only records of our great deeds
might never ever be read

what colour comes the Rider of War?

Third: Black

those eyes of a child
asleep
what do they see

they fight for you kid
your brothers do
your
father

sleep kid tomorrow
is gonna be a day
among ruins inflicted upon us
by brothers

tomorrows, kid,
come inevitably.

what rider bears the colour of black?

Fourth: Pale

o mother, bless
your son before death

o mother, bless
your son into death

o mother
your sons

are going out to meet sons
that have other mums,

o mother, your pain
stands uncried
officially denied

o mother, bewailed
is your fate

O mother, why does so pale
come the Rider of Death?
 

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