Submission Guidelines: Send unpublished poems in the body of an email (NO ATTACHMENTS) to nvneditor[at] No simultaneous submissions. Use "Verse News Submission" as the subject line. Send a brief bio. No payment. Authors retain all rights after 1st-time appearance here. Scroll down the right sidebar for the fine print.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


by Andrew Hilbert

we can and have been robbed
in the theatre of the day
we can and have been bombed
in the theatre of the day

men without masks
gun toting business suits
do it to and for us
in our name

there are those who want to die
for what they believe
and there are those who want to kill
for their ideals

there has been nothing in my thoughts
that has given me a reason to kill
i've been robbed blind with eyes open
i've seen the bombs fall and looked the other way

some stand proud and yell
fists clenched
the means justify the ends

the means will take us
to the end

for all to see,
full of sound and fury
we will not die in our sleep
it always happens in the day

Andrew Hilbert lives and works in Orange County. He also edits Beggars & Cheeseburgers