The Neutrality of Language

It seemed so horrible when I first heard

Though that Kabul suicide bombing blast lent just the right tone

For the day some said would be the apocalypse

But if it were really true would we have even heard

It only takes a few minutes to get over things these days anyway

And if there is even a faint pulse a blood pulp can be kept alive

When a bullet to the head would be more merciful

Or bullets to the chest and head like Bin Laden

Those covered in blood learn so many neutral ways to explain it

Things not even a Primo Levi would try to make sense of

Let's just call it post-traumatic stress disorder

Because there are so many neutral ways

To tell stories that shouldn't even be imagined Let alone told

A rape is a sexual assault

A bloody bombing is the work of "militants"

Kind of makes you wonder what you call really bad people

It's unlikely a Shakespeare or Camus would be up to it

Better left to an Edgar Allan Poe or even Stephen King

But our world clearly passed even them by years ago