Volume 31, Number 4

Why We Resist

Because we are ornery.
Because they didn't ask.
Because we consider it an act of war.
Because our neurochemistry defines us.
Because compulsion undoes compassion.
Because contentment is not joy.
Because passion is not pernicious.
Because rage is not always wrong.
Because the ends don't justify the means.
Because peace wasn't worth the price.
Because sorrow is not anathema.
Because the dead deserve our grief.

—Mary Soon Lee