Nothing Has Changed

I first posted this poem here at Flowers for Socrates in 2015.

Cataracts of blood have been spilled since then, and still, nothing has changed.

Move on, nothing to see here – just another mass murder in America.

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by Nona Blyth Cloud

Someone picks up a gun and points it,
At some famous face they think they know,
Then pulls the trigger —
The bullet nicks the heart of the world
And we all bleed.

Someone picks up a gun and points it,
At the head they live inside
Then pulls the trigger —
The world explodes
And we all sit in darkness.

Someone picks up a gun and points it,
At the person they once loved most,
Then pulls the trigger —
“I Love You” now has two meanings
And no one can tell which one.

Someone picks up a gun and points it,
Looks at faces of passing strangers
Then pulls the trigger —
For God, for Country, for Fame.

Someone picks up a gun and points it,
At some soldier-boy with a gun
Then pulls the trigger —
In nightmares sometimes they kill Hitler,
And sometimes the face is their own.

Someone picks up a gun and points it,
This time they’re looking at you
Then pulls the trigger —
Too late to stop the madness
All your chances just bled out.

© 2015 by Nona Blyth Cloud

About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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3 Responses to Nothing Has Changed

  1. Nothing has changed except possibly to get worse. Crazy and disgusting. Your poem gives me the chills. Not a fun topic, but you present it in such an artistic way!

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Thank you – my poem is meant to give you chills.

      And you are right, it is getting worse.

      The Republicans – and a few renegade Democrats – keep getting elected – and all their “thoughts and prayers” have not saved one single life, have not stopped the murder of one single child.

      They accuse anybody who wants to talk about solving the problem of “politicising” these tragedies – what problem has ever been solved by not talking about it?!

      And now we have a right-wing extremist majority sitting on the Supreme Court – judges who pass right over the words “well-regulated” in the Second Amendment.

      So yes, it is getting worse.

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