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Written by Judah Nagler



if there ever was a time
to stand up rather than fall in line
would sullen bones suddenly spy on less vertebrae?

after all is said and done
what is there left to do or say?
tell me
what word can reclaim what's taken away?

from the barrel of a gun
to hereditary succession
be it by force or incremental 'is... um?'
they have taken aim at us

i got the call as the walls began to fall
to leave my station
no question or negotiation was asked of me

in the middle of a drill
suddenly turning so real
will the cavalry call-off
reveal an enemy

for every bridge you burn
makes a point from which you never return
lest you seek solace in the ashes you've earned
you learn from these

and when we ask them
of horrors of the past
threatening severance
they answer
never

if there was a time
to stand up rather than fall in line
it is forever
forever will we find this mutiny
at home


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