Apr 13

April 13th, 2017

On April 13th of 2017,
the U.S.A. dropped the world's largest
non-nuclear bomb ever
on Afghanistan
in hopes of wiping out ISIS.
The bomb,
weighing 21,000 pounds,

is a "successful mission"
and had "nothing to do"
with the death of a Green Beret
days earlier.

"This is awful."
"You have to be kidding me."
we echo back and forth.
He grins with fangs
and a silver daggered tongue.
His words are capable
of cutting through the silence
and horror
as if it were thin curtains
slashed with a knife.

"All the countries should pat us on the back"
he laughs.
Nobody laughs.
My fists clench
and I taste nothing but bitterness.
Everything has gone sour.
The smile has long since been wiped from my face.

Another boy pales.
"No, they shouldn't."
I can't hear.
I try so hard to read lips but
the silence is so loud
that I choke.
I can't breathe.

the silence halts
and I am thrown back into a tumultuous sea
of embittered words and
pained grimaces.
"Putin and Trump are just trying to cover up
that they're in bed together!
They're so gay, guys!"

"Stop it"
another boy and I snarl.
Everyone shoots us dirty looks.
He keeps trying to make a joke.
"I just wanted to make a joke!
I wanted to lighten the mood!"
He didn't lighten the mood.
"Lay off."
I repeat over and over
as he keeps chanting
"It was a joke, sheesh."

seeking to condemn and murder
the gay community are not gay for one another.
It's not funny.
It's not a joke.
It's ignorance.

Has America learned nothing
from Hiroshima Nagasaki?
Are we still righteous in our own eyes?
We bomb countries in hopes of aiding
the ones who cannot speak for themselves,
but we keep entering ourselves in the history books
setting records as the cruellest policer.

August 6th, 1945,
America is the first country to use a nuclear bomb.
We are hopefully the last.
April 13th, 2017,
America uses the largest non-nuclear bomb.
Hopefully, it ends here.

How much more suffering can we cause?
How much more agony will come from our actions?
How much longer until we realize we too are murderers?

One man's death does not equate to 21,000 pounds of destruction.
We can justify our cause as much as we want
an insensitive jab is not going to "lighten the mood"
and committing murder to "make the world a better place" is still a murder.