Violence isn’t the way

Pleads for justice fall on deaf ears when violence is involved.

Violence isn’t the way

Brethren, hear me!

My words, sincerely plead

Listen, Brothers and Sisters!

Is the Dream now finally dead?

Look upon my face,

See it awash in tears

Are you not afraid for one and all?

And consumed by constant fear!

Speak to me, my people!

With words deep from within your heart

See our cause as supremely just

And your strength may you do impart

For a better world for all

Together we can overcome

Cure the sadness which plagues all our People

Before our Nation finally comes undone.

But Friend, I cannot hear you!

With these sirens all around

Your words are quietly lost to me

While our cities are burning down

Nor can I see you, Brother,

My eyes, now diverted by destruction and endless fires

Caused by your ceaseless and senseless violence

Which robs the Peace we so desire

And neither can I see you

From me, you’ve turned away

Drawn into a cycle of endless destruction

For which innocents have had to pay

No, I cannot see you or hear you

While America is held hostage by the things that you do

Don’t you see, your message is lost on me

Until your Chaos is finally through

Violence begets nothing but violence

A lesson all should have already learned

That I cannot see you or hear you

While our Nation continues to burn!

Dan Shannon


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