Blood and ashes

Blood and ashes — what is the difference?
We are blind to grey on brown
But red on white is in the visible spectrum
Ashes are fleeting — they love the wind
You say blood stains permanently
An optical illusion determines the outrage
Either suffocates
Blood to snow, ashes to dust
— In our proud acalculia
Could two thousand brown bodies ever equal
A dozen Parisian intellectuals?

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