The corporations assured me it was healthier to live in fear

so I stopped doing anything that gave my life meaning

and wouldn’t you know it…their profits were healthier

the politicians created a group for me to blame for everything I had lost

and so I learned to hate

even as they consolidated their power

the media told me that segregation would keep me safe

so I learned the joy of shunning those beneath me

and they received a Pulitzer

the preacher told me my duty was to kill the outsider

and so I charged into the thunder

even as he received the medal of honor

now I am tangled in barbed wire

still breathing

bleeding out my pain

counting down the minutes to eternity

forgotten by all those who had promised me health and safety

slowly sighing

wondering why I had fallen where I should have never been

where is everything that they promised me

my world is dying

with the dreams of the broken

and I am wondering who was really my enemy

was it the newspaper who told me I was superior to my neighbor

because he wasn’t a subscriber

was it the corporation or the preacher who told me that if I didn’t kill my brother

it would be the death of me

Lives and writes on the plains of Manitoba, Canada…he is an actor, writer, and has also been known to peddle books on his website…www.kelvinbueckert.com