Psalm: Pre-Emptive Strike

If what binds us
In community is
Our common interest,
But this is lacking,
What prevents you
From killing me?

If what unites us
Is a shared value,
But that trust
Is betrayed,
What prevents you
From killing me?

If what allows us
To co-exist,
Is too different
For our diversity,
What prevents you
From killing me?

If a moral imperative
Allows us to live,
But your righteousness
Trumps mine,
What prevents you
From killing me?

If geography
Separates us,
But you become
My neighbor,
What prevents you
From killing me?

If overwhelming
Force slows your hand,
But you lose
Your fear of death,
What prevents you
From killing me?

If stalemate strategies
Equate to zero-sum games,
But you relish
Martyrdom,
What prevents you
From killing me?

How should I live,
Next to my neighbor’s arsenal?
How should I live,
With pro-life zealots outside a women’s clinic?
How should I live,
With ostracized youth on campus?
How should I live,
With gangs offering affiliation?
How should I live,
With jihadists at work?

P.S. To my regular readers, I shall move on from these meloncholy topics in upcoming posts

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About hermitsdoor

Up here in the mountains, we have a saying, "You can't get there from here", which really means "We wouldn't go the trouble to do that". Another concept is that "If you don't know, we ain't telling." For the rest, you'll have to read between the lines.
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