Others Like Them

America is a nation of ticking time bombs

people feeling dejected and rejected

people feeling disconnected and cut off

from friends and families

people feeling shit on by society

people feeling alone and forsaken

people who have taken psychotropic drugs

for so long they can’t remember

what life was like before

people who only remember America

at war

people who just don’t care anymore

these people

and others like them

have better access to guns and ammunition

than to a healthy home

and a decent physician.


There have been 18 school shootings

so far this year

and the response is

what it has always been:

more fear

and of course more security

and more locks

lets just turn the schools into Ft. Knox

but its just more and more

of the same old

same old

more and more

lies told

more and more

of humanity gets sold

to make a buck

and more and more we suffer

and less and less we give a fuck

when thousands die in the Middle East

we bear the burden

but we fuel the beast

and the least we could do

is see the connection

but we say things will change,

come next election

and it’s strange that we can’t see

that the violence overseas

is tied to the violence

we see in our schools

when a culture of violence

is our golden rule.


The NRA is right

guns AREN’T the problem

AMERICA is the problem

America is the ticking time bomb

guns are the match

that lights the fuse

some people drown in booze,

some choose the trigger

but the problem is so much bigger

than we let on.

We’re so afraid

of boogeymen

and shadows

that we feel the need

to hold death in our hands

but it’s never the boogeymen

laying in the ICU

it’s never the shadows

laying dead in a classroom.

Yes, the NRA is right

guns aren’t the problem…

a country

whose people feel they need guns

feel they deserve guns

feel it’s their god given right to have guns

not to kill deer

but to kill people…

that is the problem.

They beat you for protesting Wall Street

the endless war

and killer police

but you can walk down the street

with death by your side

exclaiming your pride in the constitution

even without a regulated militia.


Yes, there have been 18 school shootings

so far this year

but how many bombings have there been

how many children, women, and men

has America killed

since the first of the year?

how many more will die

here and abroad

because of fear?



About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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