Welcome are the passionately curious

"There was one Elephant--a new Elephant--an Elephant's Child--who was full of 'satiable curiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions. And he lived in Africa, and he filled all Africa with his 'satiable curiosities." Rudyard Kipling

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Is It

I’m sensing a stereotype developing

Warriors haunted with PTSD
Strike fear into their charges’ hearts,
As though the shepherds would devour
Their own lambs

I’m driven to ask
If there is not a soldier
Holed up within himself
Now, now that the champagne is quiet
And the confetti lies dead,

Unwilling to crawl out of his skull to so much
As kill a fly,
Staring out of his cells,
Thinking that to unlearn
The war in his hands
And take up gentleness again
Is not an effort more worthy
Than a quick and quiet self-violence
That might come easier than
Flaring out at an oblivious psychological trigger.

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