You know they lie
When headline reads, ‘Cops say he fought back’
You know it’s an execution—
a purge, a shortcut
To what you call a ‘better world’
In between sips of coffee
You convince yourself
of the new normal
of the new ‘right’
In response to dVerse’s Quadrille #74 hosted by Mish who challenges us to take the word “sip” beyond the obvious.
This one is inspired by a news article I read this morning. The Philippine government is still waging war on drugs. While this started with the right cause, it has veered into an unstoppable purge. And with the poor justice system in the country, the war has taken a toll on the poor. This one is for the dead who were summary executed and for living who shrug sympathy and justice away. These 44 words are not enough to save the country from further downfall, it needs the Filipino people to wake up and stand up against impunity.
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February 26, 2019 at 9:55 pm
Good observation that purges are shortcuts to who knows where.
February 27, 2019 at 12:23 am
A gripping portrayal of right gone wrong.
February 27, 2019 at 1:54 am
Cutting indictment pointedly delivered Maria, and certainly an unfortunate element of reality…
February 27, 2019 at 4:22 am
I have only been seeing this from a distance, but war on drugs has never been a good idea…
Purges has been tried in the past… and the price to pay in moral is large.
February 27, 2019 at 5:15 am
February 28, 2019 at 12:27 am
This is powerful, dear Maria. And unfortunately, relevant in my side of the world as well.
February 28, 2019 at 12:01 pm
A meaningful write. My son is actually traveling in the Philippines at this time.
February 28, 2019 at 6:43 pm