“Violence!”

By Niklas Stephenson

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long lines at the food stamp place
ragged clothes, shivering children clinging to the warmth of their parents
with desolate eyes void of life and a stance of those unable to dream
hunched, broken after years of bitter survival

v i o l e n c e !

poverty

v i o l e n c e !

homelessness

v i o l e n c e!

indoctrination in school
pledge of allegiance
glorify the flag
or

v i o l e n c e !

the once bright family loving educated man hunched in the back alley with a needle in his arm
his dreams devastated him
student loan debt unable to stay above water
his medication now unaffordable so he shoots black tar to replace opioids and relieve the pains

v i o l e n c e !

in times of war
and peace
hierarchy
stock market
recessions
gentrification

v i o l e n c e !

the veteran that survived in Fallujah but can’t survive back home on the streets
thrown aside after duty but politicians keep spitting their propaganda
the american way of life

v i o l e n c e !

exploitation
H&M
Primark
if you don’t function you will learn

v i o l e n c e !

the working man with the rotten teeth no longer smiles ashamed to because he can only afford to eat and drink chemically processed goods and he drinks and smokes and drinks and smokes and drinks
to no longer think

v i o l e n c e !

Walmart
Minimum wage
green capitalism
fairtrade
free market
globalism

v i o l e n c e !

the indigenuous people with centuries of history on their lands with their own values and norms and morals excluding themselves from the disgusting world see the fires coming closer
a burning amazon to fullfill our greed

v i o l e n c e !

borders
social darwinism
american dream

v i o l e n c e !

the african farmer can no longer make due his goods are exploited and sold for ten times the price leaving him with the leftovers and the struggle to somehow survive
he flees and risks his life on the sea with no rescue in sight

v i o l e n c e !

It is everywhere, you see feel breathe experience violence but hear only

s i l e n c e !
s i l e n c e !

when the people rise up and some cars burn and
bank windows are smashed
and houses are squatted
diy sea rescue
mass uprisings
and some feed the homeless
then you hear

terrorism!
violence!
radicals!
enemies!
violence!
they must be stopped at all costs!
enemies of civilization and society!

 

 

Niklas “Manik” Stephenson is a German American writer and poet currently living in Speyer, Germany. He has published three chapbooks of poetry with Analog Submission Press and self published a novel, “Bloodbursts”, available on Amazon. In his spare time he provocates whoever and whatever he can and finds peace with his wife, son and family. InstagramĀ @_manikbloc_

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