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spilled blood
by allison ryder

spilling blood will not bear beauty,
it will not bring solace-
it will turn over graves,
uncover skulls and skeletons.
corrupt the innocence
and poison the brave.
if power is what you seek,
true power is not what you will receive,
for you are not God –
you do not decide who lives or dies.
you cannot armor humans
and then declare them casualties of war.
peace will not be delivered
by slitting a throat.
fighting for a cause,
and dying for a cause
that will never be fulfilled
by blood splatter.
violence is fueled by evil; it will
consequently bloom more evil.
it’s the moment of truth and
at the end of the day,
the destruction you bestow will result
in the spill of your own blood.