NoHoldsBarredPoetryWritingChallenge Day 28: Beyond repair

trendy black woman reading burning newspaper in garden
This world is beyond repair—
mass shootings, divided politics, unchecked racism
litter newsprint—
I'm exhausted.

People are selfish. If it doesn't benefit them—
especially financially—
why should they care, why would they sacrifice?

We are all damned,
awaiting the trumpet sound to trigger fire
raining from the sky.
I light a cigarette, take a drag, then exhale
and flick ash onto the front-page headline:

"POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT IN ROAD RAGE
SHOOTING THAT PUT NINE-YEAR-OLD IN HOSPITAL."

People are beyond saving.
How much longer will we watch the world burn
before it's cleansed?

© 2022 Nortina Simmons

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