We don’t do that anymore

 

[The above picture is of the first draft of this poem]

 

We don’t do that anymore

 

Turn off the lights for an hour.

Light a candle and think.

Remember a long ago war

When men melted from the inside.

We don’t do that anymore.

 

Turn on your phone and retweet.

Watch the tv and think.

Send money to a charity

And join protests – on the inside.

We don’t need do any more.

 

They point fingers – “he started!”

Children in a schoolyard

With rockets on fingers

And teachers all hiding inside.

That’s not my fault anymore.

 

Someone shot down an aeroplane,

Beheaded a child,

Hid behind that schoolyard.

War now lived from the inside.

But we don’t do that anymore.

 

Turn off the lights now forever.

Light a candle and hope.

Remember a long ago time

When men smiled on the inside.

We don’t do that anymore.

 

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