America was never perfect, and it never will be. But things keep getting worse, and so many of my fellow Americans seem to want to inflict suffering and sorrow on the vulnerable. What is behind this hatred? Is it simply a thirst for power and control? I can’t understand it, and I probably never will.
I am the daughter of a heterosexual White Christian couple from Tennessee. I am the granddaughter of many generations of southern families. I am unclear if any of my family ever owned slaves, but I won’t rule it out. I was raised in the church, but in reflecting upon everything I learned as a child, it was not the church that taught me how to be a good person – it was my mother and my grandmothers.
Rage gun fury Blood on my face, blood on my hands Blood everywhere Bloody Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday Blood every day of the week Dip your phone in blood before you check the news feed I woke up in my bloody bed, washed my bloody head Blood at the grocery store, at the schools God is crying blood I screamed; blood spewed from my mouth Stars and stripes soaked with blood Blood on the streets, up to my ankles, like Morrison said Blood drives for the loss of blood Bleeding out in the 3rd grade Blood from the suicides Blood from moms who cried Blood from those who died A wave and tide of blood Drowning in blood Mix it with the mud Wash everything in blood Soak the soil, the bloody roots The tree of blood, tree of dead wisdom Tree of hanged men, tree of dead kin Take my blood, it’s yours to keep They like it this way, so let’s serve it up The exploded heads and chests The body parts in the classroom The bloody assault rifles The bloody protests The blood we give Born in the blood, death in blood Take my blood, it’s all yours
Here’s a piece of humor flash fiction about the crash landing of an alien spaceship and American stupidity. It’s about 570 words and has an estimated reading time of 2 and a half minutes. Let me know what you think!