It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

It doesn’t matter anymore
Why it was done, or how
Bright red is splattered everywhere
Mixed with chunks of flesh and booze
Eventually it goes down the drain
And gets washed out to sea

It doesn’t matter anymore
The deed cannot be undone
The memory cannot be forgot
There’s only so much tears can wash away


Angry voices yell and tell
Who to blame and who to punish
Terrorists
Gun nuts
Liberals
NRA
Homosexuals
Muslims
Congress
Obama
Killary
Drumpf
It doesn’t matter anymore


We like to pretend that we want it to stop
We like to say, “Never again”
We like to send our thoughts and prayers
We like to hold candlelight vigils
We like to weep together
But we don’t want it to stop
We don’t want it to stop
We don’t want it to stop
It doesn’t matter anymore

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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