(two follow the last post—this is the first)

You Must Remember This
(sorry, it’s a wonderful song that
should be sung in safer times)

Terror is not Arabian, not
Muslim—not Judaic, either

It is not Christian or Hindu
Buddhist, Taoist, Jainist—

Choose a tradition or a people
Or those who have none

Not to blame our entire selves
For insanity extremes

But terrorism is human
(Tradition notwithstanding

Or lack thereof)
It has precedents with us

Select an age, select a place
There was terrorism there

I wish it were not so, but
If we understand a terrifying

Truth and need, maybe we
Can address an appalling

Human calling (not divine)
With righter resources

Not necessarily kind but
Complementing what we know

Of us, of them
Of us when them