Poemdog

Dogs 2016

NO DEATHS WERE INVOLVED
(6/25/16)


there
are crimes
so heinous
that they cross
all barriers
of time

of culture

of personal
morals

forever existing
as the horrors
that they truly
are

then
there are wrongdoings
less definable

those
that recede
over the years

over political
climates

to be deemed
as regrettable
necessities

or unfortunate
happenstances

conversely
there are those
transgressions
previously dismissed

that upon
present reappraisal
land the perpetrators
in infamy
post hoc

in either
of these less
atrocious of turns
what we say
seems more important
that what
we've done

we can always
talk our way
into innocence

or
into guilt

if we talk
long enough

only
the victims
have less flexible
attitudes

mostly
in silence