“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” –Thoreau

06 December 2014

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A human being is only breath and shadow.
                        - Sophocles (496 - 406 BC)



how brave we've become

playground bravado
stick game graduation
point finger and bang

how brave we've become

five men on his chest
she asks, is he bleeding?
blue shirts soaking red

how brave we've become

too dark to question
toy slung over shoulder
kill first, then explain

how brave we've become

one gun, one shooter
six bullets too many
not guilty enough

how brave we've become

not safe to argue
human snake at his throat
i can't breathe,
i can't--

how brave we've become

pressed uniform pride
protected and serviced
point finger and bang



Our grandfathers had to run, run, run.
My generation's out of breath.
We ain't running no more.
                        - Stokely Carmichael (1941-1998)