If there’s a deadly sin, it’s power. It’s wanting to be more, by making others less—less than less. It’s controlling with physical force, psychological terror, subjugation. And if you don’t possess the genetic make-up to manipulate others directly, you make it up with a knife, a whip, a chain, fear, lies, starvation, locks, poverty, cages, technology, homelessness, isolation, guns, an army, explosives, drugs, religion, words, the law, bombs, lack of medical care, money, corporations, willful ignorance.
There is no end to the expressions of superiority and omnipotence.
Aren’t we rich? Barren
land, rivers of blood flowing–
empty to the core.
As Dylan observed, “all the money you made will never buy back your soul.”
I’ve posted so many times on gun violence, I’ve stopped counting. The last time was on June 1 of this year.
Every day 88 people die by gun violence in the United States.
and eyes refuse sight.
can be posed,
nor answers given. Light is
erased. Dust and blood.
What is the color of mourning?
of empty spaces, and Where?
black, but it has no reply.
just questions and sorrow.
will remain unfilled,
killed. More shots from another gun.
As Dylan knew, you can’t separate a gun mentality from a war mentality.
Who are we?
It’s haibun Monday on dVerse. Frank asked us to talk about peace to commemorate Hiroshima. I’m not feeling it right now.