Tuesday, May 4, 2021

ON THIS DAY: KENT STATE, 4 DEAD, NEVER FORGET THEM

 




Flowers & Bullets


Of course: Bullets don't like people

          who love flowers.

They're jealous ladies, bullets,

short on kindness.

Allison Krause, nineteen years old,

you're dead,

for loving flowers.

When, thin and open as the pulse of conscience,

you put a flower in a rifle's mouth

and said

"Flowers are better than bullets,"

that

was pure hope speaking,

Give no flowers to a state

that outlaws truth;

such states reciprocate

with cynical, cruel gifts,

and your gift Allison Krause,

was the bullet

that blasted the flower.


--Yevgeny Yevtushenko