The Doctrine of Violence


We meet the doctrine daily in the media;
It's everywhere you look, invasive and obscene.
Our military planes contribute to the plague,
Dropping bombs upon civilians overseas.
The brainwashing and numbing of our faculties
Prevents us from perceiving the alternatives
To violent `entertainment', untreated mental illness,
And weapons of assault available to all;
Instead, we mourn the latest victims in the news
And wonder what, if anything, there is to do.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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