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Reflex of Indifference

Danny Knowles


Light on its leg,
The ancient scavenger,
Daring me to murder.

Attack, I begin,
Then a cause for pause,
As a thought invades my brain.

Is there a soul
That lies within
For which I’ll be judged one day?
In war we engage,
Is this not my salvation
For the countless who’ve died before?

Compelled to pursue;
I’ve resigned to kill,
With a blink, the conflict fades.

Testing the reflex 
Of indifference,
This roach I must terminate.