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Saturday, January 28, 2023


by Tom Bauer

Who raised these people to use sticks against
their fellow human beings and neighbors?
Who taught the stick to join a team and fight,
to bruise life and chase the lie of honor?

Who made these sticks and guns the tools of men?
Who tells them they have enemies to fight?
Who tells them to hit and kill their neighbors?
Who tells the lies that form the fighting teams?

Who gives them guns and laws to do these things?
Who tells them they can kill people on the streets?
Which of We The People will own their part?
Which leader? Voter? Parent? Teacher? Judge?
The enterslainment of the day? Who will
own that they, that We, have sanctioned these things?

Tom Bauer lives and works in Montreal.