Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bearing Witness to the Times: A Unity of Bombs

Photo from Mass Communication SPC. Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Tomahawk missiles streak through the air as Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter conducts strike operations against Syria while in the Mediterranean Sea on April 7, 2017 (New York Daily News)

(Headline from The Hill)



A Unity of Bombs

How quickly sentiments can change
With a bomb –
Like a collective sigh of relief.

A shower of missiles launched
Toward a Syrian airbase
Suddenly changed the public narrative.
Opponents applaud a decisive act.
Critics allow
That something had to be done.
It’s like those Hollywood westerns
When the sheriff fires a gun into the air
And the crowd settles down.

When peace and diplomacy
Become tiresome,
A good bomb can break the tension –
Reset the clock.

An empire
With excess guns and bombs
Has one solution for every problem.

While heads of state
Gloat
Posture
Challenge
Or congratulate,
The people remain crushed
Under the heel
Of political power.

A bomb makes a leader
Look decisive,
But the dust always settles
On the people now seen as collateral damage –
Disregarded and marginalized –
The dust settles,
Streamed by humanity’s tears.

                                                            ~ CK




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