Tags

,

This poem gets me caught back up with the Poem A Day challenge. Today’s prompt is to write an Authority poem.
This prompt triggered thoughts on the many rationalizations and justifications for violence in the world, the official sanctions.

Here is my attempt at today’s prompt:

By the Authority Vested

Who grants
authority
Vested in thee?
Taking
what cannot be
given back,
if mistakenly,
found
standing on
tremorous
moral ground,
unarmed, dead bodies
strewn around.
Granted power,
the right.
Constitutional, Unionized,
Legal, pharmaceutical
protection
from public
oversight.
We become
desensitized
society, inured is
traumatized
by so much violence,
it’s hard to
keep facts straight.
Another one?
Botched executions
by the state.
International conflicts
conflate.
Genocide
at alarming rate.
Global expansion
allowing for
export
of our
chief
cash
crop.

M. Zane McClellan

Copyright 2015
All rights reserved

Advertisements