Given the sinister nature of tyranny
strutting its stuff on the national stage,
why should an outbreak of violent rage
come as surprise when another atrocity
borne on the bullets of deadly velocity
Spare the survivors the further indignity
pouring from pundits’ imperious airs,
hogging the cameras, offering prayers
full of their own brand of blatant hypocrisy.
Decency clings to our fragile democracy —
throw it a rope!
Bring us some leaders with proven integrity
poised to deliver the legal restraints
long overdue. As the world reacquaints
citizens’ rights with the cry of humanity,
carry the flag of compassionate sanity
mounting the slope.
2019 Mary Boren