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Band of Lost Souls - an Open Letter to Terrorist Wherever They May Be.

The bombing at the Madrid Airport in 2006.

The bombing at the Madrid Airport in 2006.

An Open Letter to tell ISIS what I think of them

To all terrorist, domestic and foreign, no matter what your name or where you are born, you are killing and claim it is in the name of Allah, and you think you will meet Him your God.

You will meet your God, but it is not Allah, that you will meet. It is not seven virgins that you will greet. For if they are there, they like you will be feeding the fires of hell, Jahannam as you bow to your god Iblīs (Iblīs, is the Arabic translation for Devil.)

The Poem

The Band of Lost Souls

© by Shyron Shenko

With your band of lost souls

What is your purpose? What are your goals?

What do you gain by inflicting so much pain?

Is it beyond your comprehension, that Allah would not want these things

You have others strap on a bomb for you

As you teach them what to do

Looking out with lifeless hollow eyes

They don’t live long enough to hear the cries

Sent to their death because of your lies

What the suicide bombers are to you

That is what you are to the Iblīs/devil’s crew

As your body goes up in smoke

The devil/Iblīs has played on you, a cruel joke

Do you really think from Jahannam you will escape?

After all the recruited crushed spirits you laid at his gate

When the devil/Iblīs dishes up your fate

That is when you will know how you rate

When handing over your own soul to the Iblīs caliphate

Iblīs cannot deliver

The honor and glory that you were told

When you joined his band of lost souls

You have invoked compassion for your victims

And you’ve not turned our hearts stone cold

As you fight the flames of hell

And try to rest your weary head

I hope you will remember the lost souls you’ve led

And all the blood that you have shed

As you try to rest in your fiery bed

Bombing at the Madrid Airport in 2006

Bombing at the Madrid Airport in 2006

Osama bin Laden

According to former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer, who led the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader was motivated by a belief that U.S. foreign policy has oppressed, killed, or otherwise harmed Muslims in the Middle East.

I say it is you ISIS/ISIL/Iblīs caliphate that has harmed Muslims everywhere.

Was Osama bin Laden a Muslim terrorist?

"They hate us for what we do, not who we are."

— Osama bin Laden

We need to shine brighter than they hate."

— John Slack

© 2015 Shyron E Shenko


C E Clark from North Texas on October 17, 2020:

Most recently it seems some so-called militias that are mainly terrorist groups here in the U.S., have conspired to kidnap the governor of Michigan -- and I think the Virginia governor was also on their radar. Trump is of course encouraging them because if he can't put a criminal or a wannabe criminal in his cabinet, then at least he can encourage them.

So we now have homegrown terrorists with the current president's blessing. I think there should be an IQ test for people who want to run for president . . .

Posting this article to FB & AH.

Blessings, dear friend. Don't stop being cautious with this virus no matter how tiresome it is to keep up the precautions.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 21, 2020:

Seems like the terrorists causing the most trouble are home grown these days. Nazis, QAnon, White Supremacists, etc. Trump and Republicans are of course trying to blame liberals, but that's just their usual lies. Antifa, stands for antifascist, and they don't even have a structured organization. There's no membership, per se. It's violent Trump supporters who are causing most of the trouble, along with cops that shouldn't be cops. It's a pretty bad mess and I wonder if there will be anything left if Trump is reinstalled by Putin, as I expect him to be.

Hope you are staying safe as the coronavirus continues to rage and spread. Blessings . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on April 30, 2020:

Now we have terrorists all over the country taking their loaded guns to protest the stay-at-home orders of mayors and governors in the various states. Why do they need guns? Are they gonna shoot the viruses? Jethro Bodine (Beverly Hillbillies) used to shoot flies off the front gate of their mansion from just in front of their mansion, so I guess shooting viruses would one up his sharp shooting skills.

What people don't seem to understand is that we all have rights. They have the right to expose themselves to the virus and go through what I've read is a hellish experience -- and/or die, and the rest of us have the right not to be exposed to their ludicrous behavior or the virus. It isn't a one-way street. We all have rights, a thing they seem uninformed about.

A couple of weeks ago someone suggested these demonstrators should be considered terrorists instead of demonstrators -- blocking medical people from being able to get to work where people were dying, etc. It was, and remains shameful.

Posting this to FB & AH.

Hope you stay safe and well. Blessings dear friend . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on January 22, 2020:

As usual, I probably shouldn't have written the comment before this one, as now we will have trouble with terrorists again. The "stable genius," is doing all he can to see that all Americans will be in danger wherever they may be, what with killing Iran's favorite general.

Since when do we go around killing bad guys for the fun of it? There are so many! Wonder, will "the genius" off himself in the name of ridding the world of bad guys? After he does China's Xi Jinping, and North Korea's Kim Jung un, of course. There are lots more. Too many to name here. Of course Trump will spare his hero and heart throb, Putin of Russia.

Blessings, dear friend. Stay well and safe . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on June 08, 2019:

We don't hear much about the terrorists anymore do we? I don't remember the last time I heard about what they had done or when they dominated the news. Seems like we have someone right here who dominates the limelight at all times. He can't stop himself from saying or doing something so stupid that he takes any air away from the terrorists for himself, and not once, but several times a day!

It's almost like there's nothing happening in the world anymore except whatever ignorant thing Trump has done or said.

OK, so now and then something else does happen to take at least some of the focus off Trump Sr. Yes, Eric, Don Jr., or Ivanka manage to get some of the attention because of something stupid one or more of them has said or done.

So I'm wondering if the terrorists have been neutralized, or is it just that they're boring compared to the crap Trump keeps doing/saying continuously?

Hope you are well and prepared for the awful heat that has arrived and will be with us for the next few months. Blessings dear friend . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on November 14, 2018:

Osama's quote above, "They hate us for what we do, not who we are." What people do IS what they are. If they hate non-muslims and kill them frequently, or at any opportunity, and in the most heinous way, then they are haters and killers of non-muslims. That is both who they are which explains what and why they do what they do. I thought bin Laden was supposed to be educated? In fact, what people do is often the best example of who they are. Actions speak louder than words.

Hope you are staying warm. Blessings dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on February 25, 2018:

Au fait, thank you for your insightful comments.

I think the NRA owns our Senators and Congressmen

Putin owns our president's soul

Wonder what will happen

When trump realizes it is our liberties and freedom

That his Russian brother stole

trump does not care about our children

They belong to someone else

His are set for life in the White House

Remember the story of the snake

It was not Hillary he talked about

But himself and we have turned it loose in the White House


I hope that you are well and comfortable.

Blessings to you my dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 22, 2018:

I have concluded that our Congress, both Houses, are at least among our worst enemies in this world. They insist on making semi-automatic weapons and other dangerous weapons available and easily obtainable by anyone who wants them regardless of their mental condition or anything else. They keep making the excuse that there's nothing they can do to prevent the regular and frequent slaughter of children in this country. Yet Australia and several other countries have found solutions. Maybe it's the low-Q's of members of our Congress along with pure evil that prevents them from seeing their way clear to save the lives of children.

The Bible says it is better to drown oneself in the deepest part of the ocean than to harm a single hair on the head of a child (especially a child of God). Yet our Congress seems to see it as their duty to make sure everyone regardless of any particular weakness, should have access to guns and semi-automatic weapons so that they can do exactly that -- harm the hairs and everything below them of children and anyone who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Enabling someone to do something horrific makes the enabler guilty of the horrendous act also. Everyone who insists that any and every person who wants guns and assault weapons should have them is guilty of enabling these school shootings and other crimes committed by persons who should never have access to guns.

James 2:14-26 -- Faith without works is dead. I recommend everyone who considers themselves a Christian investigate these verses on Google. It's long past time to regulate weapons that do far more harm than good in our society and that enable people to do evil.

The U.S. Congress along with too many of our citizens are a crowd of 'lost souls.' Let's hope that sooner rather than later they find their souls and start acting in sensible responsible ways and make schools and children safe from guns.

Hope everything is the best it can be for you and John. Blessings dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 13, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing. I do appreciate you.

We will never be able to get along as long as the greedy never get enough of their ill gotten gains. Reminds me of the I.R.S. scam, I had 10 calls from them yesterday, that is not a guess, I get so many that I have started logging them. The call comes in with a thick foreign accent and says "we have filed a law suit against you, to clear this, please call 206-238-0847. Then the person with an India accent calls and says "I am calling about your computer" and before he could say more, I said "you should be ashamed of yourself, you are a thief, a dirty rotten @#$%@$% no good piece of $$%$@&" and hung up.

I hope all is well with you.

Blessings and hugs dear friend

C E Clark from North Texas on July 12, 2016:

Seems the whole world is overrun with terrorists of what sort or another. Too bad we can't all get along on what is getting to be a smaller and smaller planet that we must all share. Speaking of sharing . . .

Hope all is well with you. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 01, 2016:

Au fait, thank you so very much for the comment, compliment and sharing. We can only hope that the turn from their evil ways before it is too late. If they do not believe in God, they will.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 17, 2016:

I think the reason these people do such terrible things is because they were already lost. You will know the saved by their deeds. Presumably the unsaved are just as identifiable. Satan and his followers have already been judged and they are walking the earth causing as much mayhem as possible while they await their punishment, angry beyond imagination that they are to be destroyed. If these people are not possessed by evil let them turn from it and save themselves before it's too late.


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 19, 2016:

Thank you Kim, you are special that is why I missed you, and I am glad you are back.

Blessings and ((((Hugs))))

Shyron ♥

ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 19, 2016:


Thank you so much for your warm welcome. After being gone for so long, I can't tell you how much it means to be embraced.

You truly are special.


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 19, 2016:

Kim, my beautiful friend. I also believe it is one's deeds that determine where one's soul in laid to rest, or in a state of unrest. Yes it wonderful if we all shared in a loving creed.

Blessings and hugs to you dear friend.


ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 18, 2016:


Greetings. I believe it is one's deeds that determine where one's soul is laid to rest. How wonderful if we lived in a world where we shared a loving creed: Do no evil.

Blessings My Friend,


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 06, 2016:

Phillis, thank you for the comment, and compliment. I really appreciate you.

Blessings and Hugs my friend.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 04, 2016:

This is a powerful message and one to remember, Shyron. It strikes at the very soul of terrorism (if there is a soul there). Your poem is very well-written with a sword of courage and truth for your pen.

Bless you, my friend.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 28, 2015:

Aww...that is so sweet of you Shyron! *twinkle*

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 28, 2015:

Cris, thank you for the comments and compliments.

I hope you also had a wonderful Christmas, I think about you every time I see the animated commercial where the one character says, "THE SKY IS AWAKE!"

Blessings, hugs and love from the ground up.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 28, 2015:

Hari, thank you for the comments and compliments, and thank you for reading my poem.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 27, 2015:

Very timely poem Shyron considering what's recently going on around us. Well done!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you and yours a very happy and peaceful New Year.

Love from the sky~

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on December 26, 2015:


A great poem relevant for these times of turmoil.

an eye to eye has blinded many nations.

and generations.

People are dying due civic unrest,

may peace be with you and us.

Being mild and open hearted,

is way ahead.

- Hari

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 19, 2015:

Thank you sujaya for the comment.

I agree "let Peace reign"

sujaya venkatesh on December 18, 2015:

let peace reign supreme

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 11, 2015:

Michael, thank you for the comment and compliment. Yes the lost souls will be found roasting in hell...

Michael-Milec on December 09, 2015:

Hello Shyron E Shenko. All perfectly spoken comments are in, and I am in agreement with every one of them stating your masterly created poem.

Indeed, this is perfectly described a wretched condition of"lost souls", the human beings who has commited their lives unto Satan under false assumptions. They serve Allah, a man-made fancy god. What else can we expect? Murdering innocents might be a highest satisfaction hate - filled human being thirsting after bloodshed that is only justly punished by the everlasting living God, the Creator of the universe. (Let this be realized by every murderer of baies as well as the adults.)

Peace with us.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 08, 2015:

Frank, thank you so very much for the visit, comment, and compliment.

Blessings my friend

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 08, 2015:

Nell, thank you so much for the comments, I do appreciate you.

Blessings and Hugs my friend.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 08, 2015:

I love the last two lines of your poem simply awesome!!!

Nell Rose from England on December 07, 2015:

So true Shyron, well done, as others here have said why can't they realise that they are being lead by the devil? either real or psychological, worshipping a 'god' then killing is totally 'oxymoronic'! trouble is, your poem is too complicated for people who can't read like them, if they could read then they would realise that they had been, well, had!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 06, 2015:

MsDora, thank you so very much for the comment. It would be great if we could get them to realize that they worship the devil.

Blessings MsDora

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 06, 2015:

Wish we knew how to push the sentiments of your poem into their heads. They're definitely on the side of evil, and so ignorant about it. God help us!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 05, 2015:

Dear moonlake, thank you so much for the comment and compliment, you are so appreciated.

Blessings and Hugs

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 05, 2015:

Dear Patricia, thank you for the comment, compliment, tweet and the Angels.

I hope that someday, someway every one can save their own soul.

The Angels are on the way back to you with hugs from me.

Blessings my dear friend.

moonlake from America on December 05, 2015:

You are so right they will stand before God one day and his judgement. It doesn't look good for them. Great poem.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 05, 2015:

O how passionately you express what is so very spot on, Shyron. It is so very heart breaking when those who perform such egregious acts ...the world reels from it...lives taken in an instant; families devasated but with renewed conviction the families move forward because they know that is what their beloved family members would want.

Thank you for sharing this with us...

Angels are on the way once again to those families and to you.

Shared g+ tweeted ps

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 03, 2015:

Ashly, thank you so very much for reading this piece and for the comment. I appreciate you.

Yes it is a cruel world full of hate, at the same time there are beautiful wonders in this cruel world. I just wish everyone could find them and see them.

P.S. thank you, I made the correction.

Blessings and Hugs my friend

Ashly Christen from Illinois on December 03, 2015:

As your body goes up smoke...The devil/Iblīs has played on you, a cruel joke

When the devil dishes up your fate....That is when you will know how you rate

(these are the lines that stuck out to me most)

they will certainly get their judgement,

it really is a cruel joke not only on them but to all of humanity

a cruel cruel world

incomprehensible hatred, it just dosen't make any sense, how people can do these things to each other and think it is ok. it just blows my mind, makes my heart so sad.

its a mad mad world

thank you for the write!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 02, 2015:

Larry, thank you for the comment.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on December 01, 2015:

Interesting insight.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 29, 2015:

Dear Faith/Theresa, thank you so much for the comment and compliment. I do appreciate you.

I guess they do not know the terrorist, that they are slaves of the devil.

There are no unbelievers in the one true God, in hell. Too bad they believe too late.

Blessings and Hugs my beautiful friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 29, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comments, compliments and sharing. Yes it is Arrogance, envy and greed, all those things rolled into one.

I hope you are warm and dry. We have had enough rain to last the rest of the year.

Blessings my dear friend.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 29, 2015:

Amen, dear Shyron! Powerful and true words here. They hate our lifestyle of freedom, and yet they do not even realize how much they are in bondage, held there by evil ...yes, the Devil has their number. They are cowards.

We should never change the way we live and keep on rockin' in the free world.

Peace and blessings always

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 28, 2015:

Devika, thank you so much for the compliment and comment.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 28, 2015:

It's all about forcing other people to do one's will because one believes they alone have the right answers. What arrogance! Arrogance is a sin, by the way. No one this planet has any reason to feel superior to anyone else. No one has to take my word for that. Let it come as a surprise in an unexpected moment.

Regardless of one's religion or way of life, no one should imagine they alone have all the right answers and the right to force other people to their beliefs. If one succeeds in forcing others to their will they take responsibility for that other person's sins that are committed because of their insistance. God gave us all a free will, and not so that some human with delusions of grandeur could take it away.

If not freely given it isn't truly love. God wants our love, not mere gestures to gain favor or to prevent evil actions by some human who imagines him or herself an agent of God in this life. Forcing another person to at minimum, honor and go through the actions and appearances of worshipping any God, just shows the world that the person doing the forcing does not know Jesus.

Your poem is so well expressed as always. Sharing of course

Hope you and John are in where it's warm and dry. Take care, and God bless!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 28, 2015:

Powerful words here and you have such a great mind in sharing your emotions.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 27, 2015:

Dear Jo (tobusiness), thank you so very much for the comment and compliment.

If the pen is mightier than the sword we will defeat them with our words.

Blessings and Hugs my friend

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 27, 2015:

Paula, I am honored the you would sign my letter and you are most welcome to do that. Thank you!

Blessings, peace and hugs.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 27, 2015:

John, thank you so much for your compliments and comments. I have been in the fight since George H. bush was president during the middle east (i.e. the Gulf War) 1980s.

Blessings always dear friend

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 27, 2015:

Ruby, my dear friend, thank you for the comment, yes our pens/keyboards/words are our weapons against the evil that the lost souls commit.

You are so welcome, I was inspired by your hub, thank you for publishing it.

Blessings and Hugs from Texas

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 27, 2015:

Bill, thank you for the comments. I have no answers either, just my message to the Band of Lost Souls to tell them what I think of them in case they don’t know that they are dead inside. I too am optimistic that good will triumph, despite the death, destruction and suffering we must go through before the triumph.

Blessings always my friend.

Suzie from Carson City on November 27, 2015:

Shyron, I would gladly and proudly sign my name to your letter. Excellent. Peace, Paula

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on November 27, 2015:

Shyron, you've written a very powerful poem, every sane person on the planet shares your anger at this callous taking of human lives. How does one deal with those people who are already dead inside and are determined to take as many innocent souls as they can along with them. This is exceptional!

My best to you.


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 27, 2015:

Flourish, thank you for the compliment and comment. I agree with all that you have said, these people are lost souls out trying to recruit others who are willing to join the Band of Lost Sould.

I appreciate you my friend, Blessings and Hugs

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 27, 2015:

Glad you have joined the fight Shyron. A powerful poem to add to the united voices against the evil that is ISIS. Great job.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 27, 2015:

I am so pleased to see you've written this piece/poem. We need to stand up against the terrorists, and the only way we writers can do this is write. Thanks for the link to my effort. Hugs..

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 26, 2015:

Excellent poem, Shyron. We need to live our lives and not let them win. They blow themselves up because they cannot persuade with words and ideas. It's cowardice, lack of personal talent, and lack of ability to inspire true change. Dumb cowards with no talent and no ability to change the world destroy themselves like that. There is no real message behind their terror.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 26, 2015:

As I told Ann on her hub, I have no answers. I had none on 9/11 and I have none now. I do not understand the random slaughter of people and never will...but I do know it must be stopped at all costs. In the end I will always believe that good will triumph, but I suspect much suffering will happen before we see that day.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 26, 2015:

Thank you Ann, for the comment, compliment. Yes I believe that is everyone would address this, maybe they would realize they have lost their souls.

Blessings and Hugs dear Ann

Ann Carr from SW England on November 26, 2015:

Well done, Shyron, and 'amen' to that! This is a powerful poem and you've included every vital angle. I agree with each and every word.

It seems that the more who shout out against this, the more solidarity we create, the more force we have against this evil.

I have words of hate in my soul, for which I'm ashamed, but I will not let them win. I salute you for having used your excellent choice of words to address them.


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