Monday, August 18, 2014

Truth Is The First Casualty In Ferguson

The first casualty in war is not the soldiers who first hit the beach
Or the storm troopers charging through shot and hell into a breach
No, the first casualty dies quickly, an unknown victim unmourned
While the fabric of what happened or why is quickly shorn
In war we gather all the resources to the enemy deceive
We want to make sure at the point of attack his forces look elsewhere and leave
Ferguson may not be in a war although it is becoming a well armed camp
Where a rush to judgment means the truth is distorted and revamped
Our cities have become the surplus weapons of war dumping ground
A steady stream of ordinance aimed at protestors peacefully on the ground
Ferguson should not become another Beirut or a bloody Belfast
Hopefully with a thorough investigation as to this death this tragedy will not last.
Until then it is a time for the voices of calm and restraint
Whether Michael Brown was charging or was a hands in the air saint
© August 18, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

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