Once Upon a Story
-in a PTSD Nightmare
the Bible says to love your neighbors
To turn the other cheek to your enemies
But peace in the valley just won’t come
Who apologizes to the suffering?
Who soothes their fears and nightmares?
Who takes responsibility for counting the dead?
Who tends the graves and tells the narratives?
Stories that we are told to forgive and quickly forget
Stories that we are not allowed to learn about
So, the names of the murdered continue to mount
Is this a new refinement in barbarity?
Shutting our eyes will not shut out the tormenting reality
Holding our ears will not quell the clamorous screams
Ignoring the truth will not make the disastrous disappear
“An evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things”
Guns in the hands of the wicked
Will only allow the wicked to thrive and survive
Who in the hell wants that?
Camille Elaine Thomas
April 19, 2023
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