This Brave New World, XLII
written in response to the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on gun violence.
with one fist raised high
he grips an assault rifle
but under the stars and stripes
can’t buy a beer
FYI: The minimum legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years, and legally and socioculturally speaking, beer is much more dangerous than an AR-15.
For more, see Catie Edmondson, The New Times, June 8: "The House passed wide-ranging gun control legislation, but it is certain to fail in the Senate."
And listen to Matthew McConaughey's impassioned speech, June 7:
Can both sides see beyond the political problem at hand and admit that we have a life preservation problem on our hands?
police sirenspierce this sultry night --
a chain-link fence
topped with razor wire
earth thrown on the coffin ...
the mother sheds no tears
as if turning off
the tap of her grief
not to drown in sadness