A Despised Man (Written June 5)

A Despised Man


Someone has outworn a former life here,

Abandoned the pretense of being part

Of any community. What defined him


And gave him his identity has fallen

Away, as a snake sheds its skin

And moves on. The hunter has become


The hunted. The angry young man,

The self-righteous defender of gun

Rights, the man who would cast


Himself in the image of Rambo,

The lone man, the free man, the last

Man standing, no longer exists.


Now he is nothing but a killer,

A despised man who resists

Our sympathy, a hated man,


A bad man, a pathetic man,

With nothing left but to finish

What he has so egregiously begun.

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