After Sri Lanka

Photo: Phil Douglis. CC-BY-NC.
So many live
in such desperation,
they believe mass murder
will solve their problems
or bring some satisfaction
of revenge.

How does our world even survive
in the pressure cooker
of billions’ ongoing destinies,
coupled with so much
deep ignorance?
But the sun
is patient with us,
returning every day
so we may try
to grope our way.

Some live in seemingly
impregnable, opulent fortresses;
some live silent, simple
lives of Inspiration,
and many
perpetually cope.

We go about
meeting appointments,
never knowing when
we, too, might be caught
in some exploding building,

and if we’re wise,
being ready
even for that.