tylerknott: Typewriter Series #2695 by Tyler K…

tylerknott:

Typewriter Series #2695 by Tyler Knott Gregson

PLEASE READ THIS ONE! 

Maybe we’re too proud of ourselves,
lost in this delusion of grandeur, can’t see
past our own noses, maybe we believe too hard
in our own myths.  

Right now, mothers and fathers
are buying bulletproof backpacks
to fill with binders and magic markers, still
scented like simpler times are even a remote
possibility.  Keep telling ourselves
we are the greatest country on earth.

Active shooter drills and boredom
trickles across the faces of children
hiding under desks, behind the
barricades they build against doors,
against windows to the hallways.
The boy who cried wolf, over and again,
until one day the wolf actually comes,
bullets biting like teeth, and crying
takes on a new sound.  Keep telling ourselves
we are the greatest country on earth.  

Martin Luther King Jr. would be 90 this birthday,
if pride and hatred and blind ignorance
didn’t steal him away.  What would he think
of where we are?  The water fountains
lost their labels, but the divide continues,
flames from burning crosses have moved
from front yards to the stunted hearts of the
hateful, but still they burn.  Keep telling ourselves
we are the greatest country on earth.

-Tyler Knott Gregson-