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  Collateral Damage
by Charles B. Neff
Friday, July 13, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

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'Tis the political season, and a particularly ugly and divisive one, a perfect fit for uncertain times. When we ought to engage in preserving what's best, we seem more intent on mortally wounding everything and everyone we don't like. But isn't that like shooting ourselves in the feet - or worse?


              Collateral Damage
Done with the ages of Reason,
Of Enlightenment and now,
Most of all, of Innocence,
We enter the Age of Revenge.
Even at the very top,
There’s little happiness with
The best of what we’ve got.
But we know how to revel in excess,
Material, moral, spiritual,
Converting all our fears
About an unknown future
Into bullets of hate and blame
Fired at every shadow, on automatic.
Bring on the targets.
That’s not you?
Okay, it’s not me either.
But do we enjoy too much
Mister Snappy Snark,
Or Ms Snap Judgment?
And not call out the shallowness
Opportunism, and plain ignorance
That is their trade mark?
The greed of big venality,
If it’s honestly described,
Should be in our sights.
But sniping blindly at what’s easy
Can murder what’s important.
And even snips and slicings
Drain us of respect and inclusion,
Cost each of us our blood,
Drop by drop by drop.
Charles B. Neff









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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/14/2012
Given the season, A courageous and mighty conclusion. I have tried to educate my sister with the facts, but she throws back her ability to choose where she gets her facts.

I decided just to let it be and let history prove her wrong.

Reviewed by jude forese 7/14/2012
the Age we live in is definitely bleeding on itself, leaving most of us spiritually, economically, and socially anemic ...

thought-provoking ...
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/14/2012
The Age of Revenge -
how much strife and how many bloodbaths
has every Age of Revenge had? Are we
reduced to this again?
Penetrating thinking, Charlie

Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/13/2012
Strong lines and intense delivery of your message....well done indeed.

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