no one is responsible
till everyone’s to blame
in justifying violence
while disavowing shame
as firearms and sound bites
trade volleys in a game
of hatred, fear, and ignorance
for influence and fame

sad for those who led us once
their inspiration dying
in favor of hyperbole
that profits by implying
evil is inherent
presumed, their words belying
those who marched to overcome
whose voices, stilled, are crying


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