To The Fairy Prince

You weep
before the cameras
and say “We can’t tolerate this anymore –
these tragedies must end.”

Why, then, end them.
End the drone strikes
on Pakistan and Afghanistan,
on Somalia and Yemen.

End the arms shipments
to Israel for use against Gaza.
End the embargoes of medicines
to Iran and Syria.

Stop leading
where others follow.
You end the tragedies –
end them.

Jon Taylor lives in Nashville, TN. He can be reached at Read other articles by Jon.