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    “What lies behind the veil? What lurks behind modesty?
    You plots shall come to no avail in our preservéd democracy”

    So the stage is set in a land of elected choice
    The rage and regret that builds with no respected voice
    A murderous mission of mad desperation
    Reverberates within our moral stagnation
    A flaunt of liberty warrants criticism
    Taunting misery is abhorrent cynicism
    To debase and degrade all human dignity
    To enflame and enrage is not to be free
    When pens run red with mocking hate
    A reflection offends those of this shocking fate
    What ink ill spilt may awfully render
    Blood sinks of those killed by faithless pretenders
    Two extremes clash in a cacophonous choir
    So obscene is this flash in a lawless quagmire
    The pen and the sword; of the two there is no better
    When waged is war through curséd blade and letter
    For if hate is the language; in love let us speak
    If the irate mean to vanquish the true and the weak
    What can possibly come of blind hate and vice
    But blood that effaces the sanctity of life?
    We are equal in everything save intention and action
    So let us speak with a mind to harmonize all factions
    “We must live with guns”; bringing harm to all else
    “The danger lives in slums”; now we are arming ourselves
    Call this not religion, for no faith will represent
    An evil met with evil is a wraith of ill intent
    Let us not pretend; it is an idea in which we believe
    It is freedom we defend; but let not freedom deceive
    Am I Charlie? No, I too find that extreme
    Let us stop this folly. We are all humans who dream
    So let us delay our goal of freedom of speech
    Until in our souls freedom is within reach