Absolute certainty is dangerous.
Many powerful convictions
have led to convictions of another sort.
Fact: inflated notions reach limits
& burst, leaving us to tell stories,
pick up pieces, assess logic, & determine
how history shall convey it.
As such, we are all on trial.
Patriotic pride is no excuse
for irresponsible actions.
Language is only one barrier to overcome.
We train killing machines,
then act dismayed when one malfunctions.
War is hell. This oversimplified cliché
doesn’t begin to touch upon
intricate annoyances & horrors
that turn this absolute certainty
into someone’s absolute nightmare
in a blink of an eye,
the flash of a soldier’s weapon.
Gary Glauber is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and former music journalist. His works have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. He champions the underdog to the melodic rhythms of obscure power pop. His collection, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press) is available through Amazon, as is a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press). His next collection, Worth the Candle, is forthcoming from Five Oaks Press.