foggy borders

goes the blood
and some threads
of bleeding muscles
from his back
to the waiting
concrete wall.

goes the bullet
as cold as the heart
who pulled the trigger
to put the 17-year-old
to his final, breathless

no more!
goes some mouths
to condemn the
brutal purging
and killing
and planting of
fired-guns and drugs
to the hands
none can know if
innocent or not.

i now wonder
where is the
foggy border
between justice
and injustice,
instant law and
due process?

maybe the
monsoon shower
will soon wash away
the kiss of blood
on that cold wall,
maybe our minds
are also fogged
by the mist of
hazy judgments
as we silently ask:
“can these killings
save us all?”

Some thoughts after another brutal killing, part of the Philippine government’s war on drugs. Sigh. Sigh.
©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash

In response to Poetics: Border by Grace
My prompt today is about border, that line separating two political or geographical areas, especially countries, or the outer part or edge. More than the physcial boundaries, there are borders which are invisible, such as an imaginary, social or mental borders. These kind of borders are more challening to overcome, don’t you agree?

57 thoughts on “foggy borders”

  1. Your words say it all- the foggy border between justice and injustice, due process and “instant justice”. Scary when a country abandons it’s justice system, anyone could be next. Nicely written in a stark way that mirrors the subject fittingly.


      1. The hummingbirds are slowly migrating since it’s starting to get cooler. I don’t have as many right now as I did during the hotter times. But I do have a few. I’m probably about 400 miles from Texas.

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  2. Beautifully written, Rosema. Poignant and completely unnecessary to shot ones so young or anyone. I agree that people’s perceptions are blurred, their hearts and minds, if they think violence solves anything and if the blood from that murder can be washed away and forgotten. Violence begets violence always. Great job!

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  3. Like my response to Maria, I don’t agree with the way this is being done ~ Everyone deserves their due date in court and can’t be arbitrarily killed, just like that ~ I pray that someday that Filipinos will wake up and collectively raise their voice of dissent ~ I look forward to that ~


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