The Moral Code

The Moral Code
by Kelly F. Barr

Manners, respect, and consideration–
These things seem to be lost
in the current generation.
Kindness seems to have a cost.

Self has risen to the top
Of every desire, every thought.
Authority and rules should drop
Unless infringement upon them is caught.

A negative word about negative behavior
And touting character and strong morals
Makes me judgmental; a hater,
While they spew judgment in plurals.

Just below the surface, anger burns–
A wrong look or wrong word and it explodes.
Oh, how my heart yearns
For a return to the moral code.