This is not why we are born,
So that our deaths
and the men that make then
can become the next step
in the social medialization of outrage,
the emoji tears for a murder
scattered in bytes and not sliding across skin
Though what else can I offer
if I think
if I pray.
She said the victims, running away,
looked less real than video game characters
but there it is
The blood in the video was not splattered, graphic ink or false colors.
Stop and think for a minute
between the coffee memes and cat videos
This is not why their mothers birthed them.
Taught them to read, think, trust, love, pray,
Simply to become footnotes
to someone else’s message.
This is not why we are born.