a plea to people in charge

every once in a while,
i end up blankly staring at
the edge of whatever it is i’m doing
eyes open and unmoving. 

and i might wonder aloud
‘what are we doing, here’
and my eyes will narrow into a squint
and my shoulders might slightly sag  
and i’m likely to shake my head.

what can i do when 

a terrorist organization in a distant land

and

a police force in my home land

look too much the same?

if isis and the ferguson police force
stood next to each other on a summer evening
and all i could see were their shadows
it would take me a while to tell the difference.

* * * 

to isis,

stop, please.

you are behaving as cowards.

to the ferguson police force,

stop, please.

you are behaving as cowards.

someone needs to be the adult in the room.
someone – anyone – within the walls
where decisions are being made,
please

say ‘no more.’

others will listen. 

please, 

no more shows of force

no more pride and belligerence

whatever it is you’re fighting for

whatever the hell it is

ask yourself if this is really the way you want to earn it

whatever the hell it is. 

the world is watching

make good choices, 

joel

 

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