Posted by: Ron DuBour | January 14, 2018

Who Am I?~by Paul Lenzi


 

 

Who Am I?

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“Sunday Afternoon” by Fons Heijnsbroek

I could kill any man
who deserves it I’d
mete out a terminal
justice without many
qualms or kerfuffles
of conscience but
there’d be no joy
in the killing no
blackhearted thrill
in the taking
of life I could never
indulge in a bloodsport
that hunts down some
innocent creature
as trophy machismo
mis-wired and surging
with bastardized ethics

so what does this say
about me this belief
that the ultimate
stroke is the rightful
response when
provoked by straight up
self-defense or the
agonized cries
that depravity must
meet just punishment

what does it add
or subtract from my
semblance that I
believe life from
conception through
birth deserves care
and protection against
the assault of abortion

who am I that I
should embrace such
grave mortal convictions
what gives me such
right to believe
all the things I believe
to take action when I
see such action as fit
to judge life and death
circumstance not of
my own hand’s creation

who am I that I
spent an erudite lifetime
in search of morality
teachably evident
human in scale but
divinely designed

who am I that I
tried to think with great
thinkers and see with
great seers and pray
with great prophets

who am I that I
come to limited hours
of my limited years
feeling sure I have failed
that morality hides
from the world all the
deeper and darker
than ever before

who am I that I
nonetheless know I’ve
been blest for the
fact that I’ve tried

 

 

From my books Bohemian Scents and Legacies (vol. 1)


Responses

  1. thank you for sharing my poem with your readers

    • most welcome always!!


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