Aphelion Issue 290, Volume 27
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Who Watches the Watchmen?

by Jean Jones

"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes"
"Who will guard the guards themselves?"

Who watches the mob,
who watches the police,
the politicians, the mayors, the governors,
the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court?

"Who will guard the guardians?"

Who destroys the statues
and the monuments,
who kills the children,
who kills the black men,
who brings the guilty to justice
who stops the black on black crime
who prevents the killing
in the cities of this country?

"Who watches the watchers?"

When the mob takes power, when

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

Who watches the watchmen?

What are the three estates of the realm?

What is the fourth estate?

Who watches the fourth estate?

Who will guard the guards themselves?"

1 W. B. Yeats - The Second Coming

2020 Jean Jones

Jean Jones teaches English as a Second Language Basic Skills for Cape Fear Community College. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and has a book of poems available on Amazon.com entitled Beyond Good and Evil. He has had poems published in Aphelion as well as Horror Zine online.

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