the violence

the violence bleeds
hate into the streets.

the violence washes
the blood away with tears.

the violence lingers
like a ringing in the ears.

the violence furthers
the divisions that birthed it.

the violence exists,
confounds, continues.

the violence lives as we all wish
peace could live.

why must peace be so fragile
when the violence is so goddam
resilient?

only earlier this week it was
our nation’s holiday.

i thought the fireworks
were over.

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