Poetry By John Cannon


In the wake . . .
Poetry By John Cannon

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In the wake . . .
Poetry By John Cannon

we weep and wail,
gnash our teeth,
spew out a zillion words
 
from anguish through rage to resignation
 
as we sit by
 
watching
 
thousands upon thousands ―
   young and old
   friends and neighbors
   loved ones and strangers
   innocents and guilties
 
brutalized, maimed, murdered,
 
gunned down
 
in our homes, schools, streets and
everywhere around the world.
 
And year after tragic year
 
we focus on all the tangential issues,
 
we wait, debate, procrastinate,
accommodate, attenuate,
 
refusing to face the naked truth,
 
refusing to acknowledge that we have
created, or passively accepted,
 
a world culture where violence is glorified,
 
a world culture where tools of violence
are readily available  
to anyone and everyone,
 
refusing
to rise up, en masse, against the power
of money, politics, self-interest and greed
 
to rid our world
 
of the terrible instruments
 
of death.