We sell violence

yet expect more than silence

during times like these


but it’s all we see

we’ve built up immunity

to barbarity


we shrug when we see

bullets flying on TV

and flags of hatred


waving and people

caving to fear, we don’t cry

even one lone tear


we steer clear of things

that make us sad, but this is

not merely a fad


America feeds

on hate, divide and conquer

and more locks on gates


not just southern states

of mind, we’ve long been so blind

to all the hatred


right in front of us

and it’s been don’t ask, don’t tell

but now you hear it


that old rebel yell

and watch as they all salute

they didn’t just start


to shoot your neighbors

they’ve been shooting them always

but we all learned that


ignorance pays, right?

as long as it’s out of sight

we don’t mind hatred


though we’ll mourn the dead

just as long as they’re all white

but still, it’s alright


and we’ll rally round

the government now, chanting

“kill, kill, kill, kill, kill”


and it’s eyes for eyes

still we wonder why we’re blind

we always demand


that we get revenge

we find such pleasure in death

it excuses us


to quench our blood lust

because it’s insatiable

Uncle Sam was born


to kill, and we pay

for the bill, we pay

for the games he plays


can you count the days

since the last shooting? we brought

the war rhetoric


home. Caesar turned his

voice on Rome and he rambles

and gambles with life


a violent bigot

distracting us from our own

demise, and the lies


keep getting wilder

and the emperor wears a

fascist uniform


and we think we can

reform, and we think we can

get them to concede


we think we can vote

and things will be just fine, but

we didn’t just now


cross this hateful line

we’ve always been on this side

but now the white knights


feel so empowered

that they aren’t content hiding

anymore. We are


rotten to the core.

but we have long been rotten

though we all forgot


like we will until

the next time something like this

happens, the next time


that the president

incites another hate crime

which sadly, he will…


and we foot the bill

for the hate he spews, maybe

next they’ll come for you




About soitgoes1984

I live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean in the Hawaiian Kingdom which is currently illegally occupied by the American government and military. 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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