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by Rodney Walther 2008



Jefferson challenged a king,

declaring self-evident truths;

Paine concurred

and Madison framed,

but we think not praise the quill.

Michelangelo toiled for years

creating his holy frescoes;

Monet impressed

and Pollock dripped,

but we think not praise the brush.

Madmen craft venomous words,

spewing hatred for miserable lives;

Marx inspired

and Kaczynski railed,

but we think not blame the pen.

Yet when evil rises to act,

spilling innocent blood in classrooms,

Littleton weeps

and Blacksburg wails,

then we dare to blame the gun.