You give them guns
Then you rage

You declare war
Against mask mandates
Safe school openings
And selfish teacher unions

“Think of the children”
Your battle cry

You invade school board meetings
Protesting critical race
And great replacement
Theories and conspiracies
Banning books
Calling teachers groomers
And boycotting social-emotional needs
Of our children

You tweet about the border crisis
Broadcasting questions that agitate hate

While preachers shout to congregations
Proclaiming liberals must be destroyed
Shouting “you ain’t seen an insurrection yet!”

Children are caught
In the crosshairs
Innocent victims
Of political rage

We don’t need
Your hollow thoughts
Nor your shallow prayers