Hearts of Discontent by Christine Swiderski

Scream at me your discontent

Mark your foreheads

wrench your malice clothes

Bare your grievance with defiance


Burn the embers of bigotry

Show your souls darkness

Life matters yet only yours

Money is at the core


Shouts of blame fingers pointed

showing many are united

Yet the truth be known

Words are coerced


Ministers at pulpit bible and verse

Cheers of hallelujah rings out the chores

Inciting the forces, all are for us

empty burnt offerings raised


Children left without protection

Parents raise up an insurrection

Catharsis of emotions

Futility fans the flame of devotion


Defeat spurs next sermon

Participants lose revolutionary chide

Limitations of riots moral conundrum

When will victory come?


Beneath the discontent

A stirring will never be met

With victory with blood spent

Hollowed walls of anarchy


Reality of diversity

lies beneath the misery

listen to your heart

Never the speaker


Fist and  wrath are not strength

Listening is not weaker

sharing values with your children

Will always be the place to begin


Finger pointing should be inward

before we shout our moral dilemmas

Work ethic with sweated brow

Calloused hands against the plow

Sit downs not sit in’s

Here is where it begins

Civics 101 needs teaching

One on one