My friend Mark sent this along to me, something he wrote this evening after coming home from work:

“Tyranny is back with a vengeance

torn from the history we tried to forget.

The sins of our fathers that have haunted us

for centuries have stepped out of the shadows

and wreak chaos and mayhem that

ruffle even the most sublime among us.

A death toll or a wake-up call

no one sleeps easy now,

while the bullies and their hordes

snicker and sneer.

And yet in some quiet way

I am grateful for the awakening

and the gleaming eyes

of those who rise now

in self defense of their love.”