Hatred and Power

Written for:  Sunday Whirl, Wordle #550

Words:  reject, color, suffering, mass, war, cloud, kill,
        trenches, search, forgive, next, earth

They descended 
upon him en masse.
Searched their 
town under a cloud
of righteousness.  
They would not suffer
a man of his color
to live in their
city.  Soon as 
the man entered
a local grocery, he
was rejected openly,
ridiculed, and cursed.
He and his family 
had just moved in.  They
were not planning on
any next place.  Race was 
not something that needed
forgiving.  The son 
was set upon outside
school with taunts
and threats.  One 
heavy-set bully, red
-faced with hatred swung
a baseball bat.  The others
shouted at him 'Stop!
You'll kill him.'  He
did not stop.  The tormented
boy lay still, his blood
soaking into the earth.

Across the world, a nation
lived in peace.  Yet, a war-
monger came, and then,
trenches.  Another country 
descended upon them.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Hatred and Power

  1. jazzytower says:

    This one was hard to read. But true.



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