. The War on Children “I quoted some Scripture, I said that there are only two genders. And apparently, because there are transgender students in the class, this was considered bullying.” ---Josh Alexander Children today have no idea what the word “friend” might mean. That meaning’s long since vanished—gone, just like the Pliocene. For children’s true friends are in number few, it can be seen. Some “friends of children” are in their foul ways no friends of truth: They make the word as wholly out of date as a phone booth. This friendliness towards children is the sign of claw and tooth. The politicians smite them with unconscionable laws, Permitting wholesale slaughter, making sure death’s gaping jaws Are filled with the unborn, while reaping rounds of wild applause. “Don’t cut yourself,” children are taught in school, “that’s just plain sick. Instead, leave it to us—we know which gender you should pick, And who can ‘fix’ you with a pair of fake breasts or fake dick.” The medical profession is prepared to do the job (Along with their insurers an elite white-collar mob). They’re glad to offer kind assistance: “Sure, why not?—No prob!” In short, a whole community is ready to attack, Plus outliers who’ll furnish youngsters fentanyl and crack; It’s no surprise that hordes of kids wind up on the wrong track And ultimately just decide to give themselves the sack. . . Julian D. Woodruff, who contributes poetry frequently to the Society of Classical Poets, writes poetry and short fiction for children and adults. He recently finished 2020-2021, a poetry collection. A selection of his work can be read at Parody Poetry, Lighten Up Online, Carmina Magazine, and Reedsy.