Dead Presidents (Citizens and Kings)

that was a different time

some would say

but I wonder

and now

there is no grassy knoll

no hidden sniper

no Memphis balcony

the killers roam the streets

out in the open

guns at the ready

murdering in the name of freedom

and safety

and simply to loudly disagree

bang! bang!

the end of the argument punctuated by bullets

and yet

when will you understand?

that love conquers all

that your faith in the gun

is contrary to Christ

that when you kneel before the god of death

arms outstretched in worship

fingers black with powder burns

you are sacrificing your children

(Note: On November 22, 1963, 58 years ago today, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas).

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