For Want of a Shoe

Today is the nineteenth anniversary of the failed attempt by Richard Reid, the “Shoe Bomber”, to blow up a jetliner over the Atlantic Ocean. Mr. Reid attempted to ignite a bomb concealed in his shoe on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on December 22, 2001. He now resides in the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum facility in Florence, Colorado, and will be there for life — unless, of course, he gets a COVID-19 release, as so many other dangerous felons have.

Michael Copeland has composed a poem for the occasion of the anniversary.

Shoe Bomber

by Michael Copeland

For harm, for harm, for maximum harm,
Was the bomb that he hid in his shoe.
To kill for Islam, and be killed for Islam,
A devotional act to do.

When he boarded the plane there were splashes of rain
Which had an effect on the fuse.
It failed to ignite, and others caught sight
Of the terrorist lighting his shoes.

The passengers leapt into action.
One pounced and grappled him tight.
Pinned to the floor by a hero and more,
He was forced the dust to bite.

He meant to deprive all the others of life,
All ties with the world to sever.
Now jailed for life, where life means life,
He won’t be released. Not ever.

For previous essays by Michael Copeland, see the Michael Copeland Archives.

7 thoughts on “For Want of a Shoe

    • Hmm, funny you would say that.

      I have a couple of old psychiatry textbooks and out of curiosity I looked up the definition of “congenital idiot”. The first had an image that looked remarkably like Slow Joe, and the second had an illustration of a young Klaus Schwab in a Dr Evil costume wearing a monacle and with a pinkie in his mouth. Both textbooks had illustrations of a kneeling Kamala Harris aka Lady Mattress under the definition of “fellatrix” .

  1. For making air travel into a living hell of gropers and molesters that would make Slow Joe jealous, he should have been drawn and quartered, or gibbeted. Prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment apparently do not apply to air travelers running the TSA gauntlets thanks to this islamic heap of fecal matter.

    • What you said.
      Air travel is miserable, largely because this moron and the 19 murdering bastards (11 from Saudi Arabia!).

  2. Great poem!

    I hope you are doing well, Baron.

    This Coved crap is driving me nuts. Can’t go anywhere, not that I go anywhere anyway. But it would be nice to know that I could if I wanted to.

  3. Because of this inbred [person of minimal intelligence], to this day we are forced to shuffle shoeless through the theatre of airport security. We are so enriched by having these camel rapists in our midst.

    • They also rape sheep, donkeys, and goats. Just act Erdogan about the goats although he will swear it was consensual and that the goats were not underage.

      No one could ever accuse muslims of being zoophobic; on the contrary the males are quite zoophilic and equal opportunity rapists with no discrimination of species or gender.

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