accidental monuments to their shame

when they finally grew tired of it

really exhausted to the bone & marrow

the police handed over their weapons

& the military dismantled their arsenals

intricate explosives tanks fighter jets & bombers

lying there before them in great piles of truth

they stared in horror at a legacy of wasted metal

accidental monuments to their shame

& this is what they began to teach their children

—P.L. Thomas

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