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My eyes see

degradation of

human life and

disregard for

human death


My brain fights

while it simultaneously

aspires for peace


My stomach digests

the vitriol and the venom

which break down

empty promises


My bones cage

a white flag

seeking surrender

to the war within

BIO:  Jacob R. Moses is a poet and spoken word artist from Staten Island, NY. He is the author of the full-length poetry book, Grimoire (iiPublishing, 2021).

book cover of Dominant Genes

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