I premiered this poem today along with reading “Hanukkah Train” on OZCAT radio.
A World Without Bullets
You say to yourself,
reading the newspapers,
but that could have been me…
We must not let it change us
for the worse.
We must not hide ourselves
from the beauty life has to offer.
We must not allow fear
to stop us from
getting an education,
worshipping in our sanctuaries,
enjoying live music,
watching films upon the big screen,
dancing the night away,
working at our professions,
eating out at restaurants,
hanging out at the local mall,
competing at gaming conventions,
or seeking medical treatment.
We must continue
to be defiant in the face of fear
participating in life.
We must demand a world
where it is safe for people
to live their daily lives…
A world where the weapons of war
cannot be purchased at your local drug store…
A world where those with power
cease to close their ears,
ignoring all of our tears.
Stop offering up empty words
with a side of inaction
while people continue to die.
Stop giving in to the demands of the greedy,
for you’re sanctifying the hatred of the unhinged,
rather than acting that their deaths be avenged.
For all their sakes,
we must demand peace,
live peace, breathe peace, be peace.
We can have a world free of bullets,
but it is up to you to get it.
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