Show, don’t Tell

our world is at war

a war for our minds
a war for our souls
a war for us all

this war can’t be won
with bullets and bombs

peace can’t win through violence
freedom can’t win by taking prisoners
you can’t teach a man the sanctity of human life
by trying to kill him
you can’t teach him the value of human rights
by denying him his

they can’t win
they have already lost
condemning themselves
to be
drowning in hatred

don’t hate them
don’t fear them
feel sorry for them
feel sorry for their families
they were children once
with lives to live
somebody’s sons

we can still win
the battle is for our souls
it’s hard to love
in the face of hatred
we must

or we’re all lost

peace and freedom
can only ever win
showing the world
they truly are

setting an example


Some Hero

As a teenager
you had a gnawing suspicion
you were supposed
to have superpowers
but someone
forgot to tell you
how to use them.

Then you grew up
and could confirm
that this was

People have
very little
for your inability
to read their minds.