Only The Dead

At the sound of gunfire
People drop dead
I wonder what goes through
The assassins heads
The point at which they take a life
The mother, father, husband, child or wife
The pointless murder
Of all those in between
An automatic weapon
And twisted beliefs

At the carnage
I would stand appalled
Like many others….
My blood would run cold
Thoughts of causes, solutions all these acts
Of pointless violence back to back

Religion, money, politics and law
All conspire crying for more, more and more
Those in between you, them and me
Trying to live out our lives peacefully
And while I listen in disgust
At those who cry more
In my head I hear this quote..

Only the dead have seen the end of war (Plato)

Mark Catlin
November 2015.