The busybody hive mind goes apeshit (a poem)

Something topical for the last day of my verbless-poem month…

Lightning quick
with a daredevil mind

Seconds between
safety and danger
freedom and the cage
the decision
and the execution

All of that ink
over assignment of blame
with little justification
beyond misanthropy
NIMBY-land pride
and boredom
on a May afternoon

Shadows, sheriffs, and logical fallacies
aperitifs to the movement
a union of outrage, bile, and contempt

No ear for reason
no sight for compassion
only red meat for the base

No winners
in this standoff

The dead
the injured
the irate
the skeptics

Volume! Volume! Volume!

(31 May 2016—posted June 1st)