I Keep My Brother by Samuel Tunes

Why is it that a child is punished,
when he tries to solve his problems with his fists?
He comes home to find his parents pissed.
So they yell, spank, ground him, and take away all his privileges.

if that child grows up into politics
he’s free to use violence.
What kind of precedence
are we setting
what kind of messages
are we sending?
I must admit
it’s hard to resist
my tempestuous
indignation, it’s ridiculous.
I stand in awe as I witness
my kind’s ignorance.
And yet I feel so helpless
like a humanist
with banded wrists.

I remain pacifist,
a white dove activist
always keeping in the heart of my chest
my brother’s interest.

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