A long walk on the 4th of July

Mormon Country c. W. Marling.

We return to the pro forma fireworks
and animal by-product hot dogs again,
but maybe we should we take a walk?
A walk that asks why the Post Office
photographs every piece of our mail,
why the Border Patrol loans drones
to the FBI and local cops, and why
the NSA collects our phone calls,
five years’ worth, the papers say:
but any idiot can buy an AK-47
at a gun show, over the internet,
or carry a loaded gun into a bar?

If we walk we can talk,
we may avoid traffic cams,
the hidden police cars —
the terror of the state.
But not guns, that terror
from our fellow citizens.

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