image borrowed from bing
“I object to violence because when it attempts to do good,
the good is only temporary--but the evil it does is permanent.”
I loved reading combat comics when I was eight;
smelling new, unfolded, right off the rack.
SGT. ROCK spewed plenty of hot lead,
heroism always the primary key,
oblivion always the enemy’s fate.
I think my favorite comic was BLACKHAWK,
a 1941 pilot-hero living without dread.
The diversity of his squadron pleased me,
with several nationalities in the pack,
their aerial expertise trumped tough-talk.
Fascination to violence led straight to science fiction.
War in outer space & history seemed to be
a perfect compliment, feeding the lack
of actual thrills within the unsaid,
unseen, inexperienced, non-fiction,
mundane, boring aspects of my life;
all prior to video games, CGI, multi-track
techno-wizardry piling up the dead;
exacerbating violence for kids to see,
and perhaps compounding real madness & strife.
“People sleep peacefully in their beds only because
rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
Posted over on dVerse Poets FFA
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