How Long

How long, O God, how long?

How long must we awaken 
to another death?
Each morning we read of
another massacre; 
we are reminded that 
gun violence is the norm?

How long, O God, how long?

How long must we continue to fear 
shopping at the mall,
fear attending church,
accepting the dangers of venturing 
from our homes?

How long, O God, how long?

How long must we continue sacrificing 
our children for the gods of weapons 
of war and money?

How long, O God, how long?

©Russell Kendall Carter

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