it is
difficult
for us
to
accept
that
we
just
are
so
we’ve
evolved
elaborate constructs
religions
governments
to
pledge allegiance to
and
deify
selective servitudes
to
give meaning
to the meaningless
so
we may ordain
our deaths
and
separate ourselves
from
the beasts
all around us
all
the while
we exhibit
the same
kindnesses
and
brutalities
of
all creatures
killing
to
survive
protect territory
and as
a symptom
of
our insanities
we become
indentured servants
contracted to work
a lifetime
in exchange
for free passage
to
some purpose
for
being

© 2017, poem and photograph, Charles W Martin

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