Nicholas Herrera: Still Pumping at 53, 2017, hand-carved wood, natural pigments, mixed media, courtesy Evoke Contemporary

A reason to be angry?

There’s no reason to be angry

Bullets rained from a hotel window

Like Zeus’ lightning bolts raining from the heavens

Fifty-nine people

Permanently erased from the Earth

Children lost parents

Parents lost children

But there’s no reason to be angry

Now is not the time to discuss it

It’s too early

Maybe a hundred have to die

Maybe a thousand

Maybe we’ll talk about it when pigs start to fly

Maybe we’ll talk about it when Hades has icicles hanging from his roof

Maybe we’ll talk about it when Atlas can put the world down and rest

Maybe we’ll talk about it when Prometheus breaks his chains

But let’s not talk about it yet

For there is no reason to be angry

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