i read the paper today
a heartbeat can be bad news
abortion can be murder
yet airstrikes can be politics
babies are worth more than children
at least until they are born
or grow up to be muslim
black, brown, or queer
heroes and saints can be bought
patient in the face of evil and calamity
but adamant about their good intent
if i were born in gaza, would i grow up to be hamas?
or in israel a fighter pilot?
a texas klansman?
or an afghani in the taliban?
killing is justified
to preserve one's way of life
with outright disregard for life itself
and much too late for the innocent
cold and unavenged
because God's people take precedent
and the one true path of righteousness is preserved
all in the name of the very same God