No, no you feeble fool,
We use the story as a tool
To show the evil use of guns
To murder babies. Then we’ve won.
So what? Some Mexicans are dead
From U.S. bullets in their heads.
The story’s what we did it for—
I hope they shoot a couple more.
The anchorettes don’t care for truth
So use the press, confuse the youth.
Manipulate what people hear
To use the issue to make fear.
Control the public through the media.
Michael Curtis is a classical sculptor, painter, and architect who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. His verses have been published in Candelabrum, Blue Unicorn, The New Formalist, The Lyric, American Arts Quarterly, Amphora, Pivot, and many other journals. His translation of Afrikaans verse, “Land of Sunlight and Stars” will be published in 2012.