Mission Leap

Another Mission. Leap into the Void
blindfolded, on command: “Fire!” “Ready?” “Aim?”
Of ignorance and arrogance alloyed,
the “metal” of our “armor.” Kill and maim
each time we feel frustrated and annoyed
at those who — for our screw-ups — we must blame.
Projecting our own shadow, Jung and Freud
explained our lack of insight, much less shame,
when not the slightest thought have we employed
demanding only undeserved acclaim
for all the lives and hopes we have destroyed.
We see the powerless as our fair game,
and yet we lose. Vast forces we’ve deployed
repeating what has failed, results the same.
Our hero, the psychotic paranoid
who hates and fears the worst an empty name.

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2023