The lie eternal. Lies as such. Ugly,
utilitarian things: lingual shields,
frenzied fury, danger. What we treasure -
reputations, friendships, careers - so much
scrap. Silent reminders. Hunched, contorted,
exhausted paradox. Idealistic, crazy,
grief and rage. A scythe, crime lords and cops.
Harsh laws. A city, a festering army, swept
away. A willingness to sacrifice everything.
A murderer. A young idealist. Guns.
Killing. Firepower. Fight. Brawl. A knife.
A strong semblance of reality. Truth.
The destruction of innocent lives. Starkly dissonant.
Believed good. Instructive. Flawed. Dangerous.