Nov. 2, 2011

A Grinding Executioner

From The Uncommon Criminal by Kyle De Wolf (author's profile)

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Oct. 23, 2011
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A GRINNING EXECUTIONER
Kyle De Wolf

Sitting in a warm, comfortable chair,
Bible folded open in his corpulent lap,
The preacher tells us with a broad grin:
"War is but the death penalty
On a national level."

Stomping through the dusty streets,
Drenched with sweat, choked with sand,
Anxiously casting glances about
Every rooftop, doorway, window
We are so often told,
"We have a right to defend ourselves...
We have a right to defend ourselves...
We have a right to defend ourselves..."
But what are we doing here?

Did I hop on a plane
And travel ten thousand miles
To a faraway land
Merely to defend myself?

Or was it to execute a nation
For the crimes of its leaders
Leaders who were no less our allies
When they committed those crimes
Crimes that were committed
Against the victim we are now executing?

And who made us judge, jury, and...
Executioner?

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