Shame

We languish in sorrow, or guilt.
Shame, a common thread, for the treatment of
the missing and the dead.

To ignore is to dehumanize, to disregard,
to disrespect. Historically, we continued to look past
those not accounted for. Where now?

Lives lived. Not forgotten, not ever, by
those who care. Systemic discrimination by those
with power to overlook a national tragedy.

No honour. No concern. No political will
for change. Decades of ignorance. No justice for victims,
no penalties for perpetrators. Shame.

© 2019 j.g.lewis

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