Gun-Play

Nick Masesso, Jr.

“The veneer of civilization is 1/4″ thick. Man still rules with club and prick”.

Little boys no older than those sacrificed to the worship of guns wasted at that elementary school in Connecticut last week, like almost all of us boys, get introduced to our first taste of manhood throwing a ball around the back yard with Dad. Sport for boys symbolize maturity; we compete and watch admiringly and often worshipful, the professionals; a phenomenon corporate, capitalistic and American as “baseball and apple pie”. Professional sports are the military’s number one recruiting tool.

This weekend the NFL will start every game with jingoistic American flag waving extravaganza’s, with some flags ½ the size of the entire field, hoisted by spit-shined Troops from all the services strutting like real life G.I. Joe props complete with medals and guns sending a subliminal message to America’s youth to join the army and be…

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About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

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