Until they fear you
as much as they make you fear them,
they will not feel you at all,
will not feel you as human
until you fell a few so they can see
you are as capable of mayhem as they are.
This is a blasphemy, you say?
A spiral down to their level?
You can’t be serious.
Once they were as you.
Once they understood. They did not
come to this on their own: they were
guided to it. Do not forget that
even as you tear into them
and teach them to fear.
They see you as insects,
pests, vermin; you must see them as
human, even as you strike them;
only if you feel no pain
at having to do as they have done
will you join them at their level.