Not Far From the Common

Not Far From the Common

For the runners of the Boston Marathon


First it was the shot in the knee,

then it was cutting off both legs,

the birds in the air fought back,

those on the ground did triage.


The cancerous cells hard to remove

radiating destroys the healthy.

We were distracted by the weather,

but you had us on the run, or not.


You gag us, bind us, kill the news,

make us afraid to enter through

safe portals. Our heroes wear black.


Once again, you strike at our limbs

and like a paid assassin you are relentless

until the “job” is done.

Our freedoms compromised,

you take advantage of the One.


Would you whip us

and beat us ’til you break our spirit?




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