Flames of Wrath By Christine Swiderski

Flames of wrath enter the streets

Mayhem brought to store-keeps

Neighbor upon neighbor

Yielding their petulant discontent


Rights are theirs for peaceful discourse

One throws a punch another a bullet

Discourse turns cars upside down

fire ablaze hate then creeps


Fear of what is not known

Truth being hidden from citizens

media blazon miss direction

fans the flames of hate and bigotry


Leaders lead with flaming tongues

upholding the rational of the thug

Knowing better the law of the land

Instead, they say “Yes you can”


Children with signs of hate

Parents spewing this is great

Lives matter to us all

Leaders must ring out a new call


Hold accountable leaders of violence

No longer allowing laws to be broken

Media’s words will be held to the light

Journal events no longer editorialize


A word to the wise among us

If you agree with me or not

Show by example

Love as you want to be loved


Those with the heart to love

Measure your words

Wait with your response

Peace is not passive


Peace comes to those who choose

Walking away from a fight

is an act of valor

Not a sign of cowardice


Stand your convictions

By volunteering where there is need

IF we all go by this creed

The shallow will eventually concede