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Thoughts & Prayers

if it's not your good boy's good brain
spattered
or your baby girl
torn
if it's not your son
or your daughter dead at fourteen or fifteen
and all that love
all that hope
all that sweet prideful desire for your progeny
to rise above the mundane
and do
and be
and shine --
if it's not yours
suddenly
just gone,
wasted,
ruined
then it's awful
and wrong
and it just shouldn't happen
and good lord, holy Jesus

but that's it
that's us

mass shooting
thoughts and prayers
then go on about your business

because who but mama and papa has time to mourn
what with the electric bill on the table and the mortgage coming due?
javalini
Author's Note
This was written for the Controversial Video comp. Where I work, 16 hour work days are not uncommon. Employees barely have time to refuel and catch a few hours sleep between shifts. They're happy for...
This was written for the Controversial Video comp. Where I work, 16 hour work days are not uncommon. Employees barely have time to refuel and catch a few hours sleep between shifts. They're happy for the opportunity to make a few more dollars. Everybody needs more money. And they might catch the news in passing, but who has time to really think about a thing? And the Powers That Be...the real Powers That Be...they like it this way. God knows prols aren't supposed to think. They're just supposed to work.
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