Collage by Lisa Domingue
Tolerance or Adaptation?
Smoke rings lassoing mountain peaks,
Leftovers from western wildfires.
Newscasters have already moved
On to the next catastrophe.
East coast dams
Damning us with inadequate engineering
In the wake of a thousand year flood.
294 days in the year 2015,
274 mass shootings in the
Land of the free and the home of the brave.
Males in America own on average 7.9 guns.
Expect a massacre in your hometown.
Are we becoming more tolerant?
Are we just adapting to the new normal?
Frogs in a pot waiting for the boiling point
What bravery does it take to shoot a deer
With an automatic weapon?
How free are we, really?
Falling from grace our
Moral compass signals due north
While we continue south.
© 2015 Bessie Adams Senette