I did what I did because I was ordered to,
said the Spanish in Cuba,
said the Americans in the Philippines,
said the English in Africa.
Nazi’s in Germany learned from them,
and natives in Bosnia and Rwanda thought
to kill like they did was okay because
the orders came from above.
Can it be true that humans perceive they
must follow commands put in their hands,
or do they try to lay the blame on someone
from above and say they came from love?
Can they be tried and convicted for the
wicked they’ve done? God told Abraham
to kill his son and if he would have
sacrificed him as he was told,
in our modern times, would he get the
electric chair? Would the soldiers God
ordered to kill civilians, including
women and children be sent to jail?
If the answer is no, why do we have so
many locked up who have done harm
because God told them to? It’s written
in stone, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”
But who chiseled those words? Are they clear?
Kill is a four letter word and is easy to spell and
easy to do, but when told not to, how many obey?
Doesn’t “Not Kill” mean what it says?
If we follow orders from above, we’ll no longer
kill a bug feasting on us, or a cow for
dinner, nor will we kill creatures who live
in the sea.
How will we survive if we don’t kill to eat?
Maybe if all killing came to a sudden stop,
we’d receive a message from on high saying,
“Sunshine and love is all you need to survive.”
Kill > orders from above > poetry