Empty Hands


Is this our fate?

Reason born by enlightenment

Tethered to an instinctual animal

Steeped in the waging of war

From the dawn of time

And in every generation since

Victory found in the vanquishing

Our only tool, the stick


Are we not these men of reason?

Can we value our lives, and yet

Not value the life of another

In every person, see brother

Or does our path only lead

To what we have always been

A primal need to survive

A modern day crusade


Violence cannot hide in shadows

Reason beams a glaring light

A sun that shines on everything

And we see all too clearly

That we have so far to go

To be the true men of reason

Men with empty hands


16 Responses to “Empty Hands”
  1. I’m at a loss for words, other than to thank you for your words penned here.

  2. beth says:

    yes, and it is heartbreaking to see

  3. Jim Borden says:

    it would be much better to see those hands busy creating art, than waging death and destruction…

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    Experience is supposed to be the best teacher. In a world filled with brilliant people, we’re still prone to operating on very ignorant levels.

  5. Yes to empty hands.

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Bravo Brad this really talks to us all. Is this really what we are? We just don’t seem to get it do we? Beautifully written. Big hug’s Jonikins

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