Entrenchment

As we dig deeper
Into our fear and loathing,

Parapets we build.

These insecure monuments

Intimidating neighbors.

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Those who are without

Imagine treasures within.

“To protect a gem,

Must be why they fortify!”

Yet those “gems” are hollow shells.

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Empty testaments.

Victories of our disgrace.

Statues of hatred.

Whose presence, alone, invites

The very assault we dread.

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In this world of ours,

how can some remain unmoved
When confronted with
Injustice and suffering
On this vast expansive scale?
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Those heart fortresses

That we labor to buttress

Keep not villains out

But rather trap us within

To fester in our terror.