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Fascination With Violence: A Poem

Val enjoys writing rhymed poetry with a valuable message in it.


Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

-- Isaac Asimov

They shrug over it as a normal way of life

not seeing how it shames our human race

admiring every idiot with a big gun or a knife

religious, but even cheering at wars in space.

For, we haven't got enough violence on earth

so we need to spread "word of love" beyond

dignifying destruction for all of its crazy worth

advertising violence of which we are so fond.

From toys to movies to each video game

we are coming creative about destruction

after a too long history loaded with shame

as if calling violence our healthy interaction.

How many more world war movies to see

and their reruns, in a lack of new slaughter

is that really what humans are craving to be

"bad asses" or rapists of someone's daughter.

With amygdala, that lower portion of brain

being stimulated instead of the frontal lobe

we promote the subculture that's so insane

compromising the future of the entire globe.

Are people so poorly educated

not to know it's animalistic and crude

degrading our values so readily celebrated

while presenting a culture primitive and screwed.

An ex-soldier, drill sergeant to better understand

I hated that charade of de-personalizing obligation

now looking around, and observing this unholy trend

one thing's for sure -- it's one massive crazy fascination.

© 2022 Val Karas