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What's in a name? Nothing really. Just a term, mislabelled, meant insincerely. A Charlotte's face, on one side of a border, marked by childish glee...
^ Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, carries Princess Charlotte as they arrive at the Victoria International Airport for the start of their eight-day royal tour to Canada in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on September 24, 2016.
... And another Charlotte, marred by ignominy, fraught With fear, agression, and deadly force, towards — Great Scott! — The very people needing protection, getting shot.
^ Two women embrace while looking at a police officer in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, during a protest against the police shooting of Keith Scott, on September 21, 2016.
Barbaric at our core, bloodthirsty with our sword, We play at asserting our supremacy, over lands and men we lord. But it's a war with our own species; it's our own kin that are gored.
^ Australian jouster Luke Binks has a lance break off his body during the jousting tournament at the St. Ives Medieval Fair in Sydney, one of the largest of its kind in Australia, on September 24, 2016.
Live and let live; It's such a cruel cliché, That the wax in deaf ears has sweetened till it's cloying to say That all our lives hang by a thread, held up by our kin in the fray.
^ Participants attempt to perform an extreme run during "Adrenaline Fest 2016" near the village of Borok, Belarus, on September 24, 2016.
Isn't it time to let humanism stand out As the only clarity amid commodities of colourful doubt That paint the world bright but leave man's face in a pout?
^ A man rests on his cart after unloading plastic jugs near a shop at a market in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on September 23, 2016.
But we mask our faces in hypnotic fabric And walk around like cats with secrets in the attic, Seeing the world through a kaleidoscope of garbs, opaque and prismatic.
^ A model presents a creation at the Gareth Pugh catwalk show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 in London, on September 17, 2016.
But the truth cannot escape light Which travels at the speed of a bullet in flight, About to shatter a window and hold a mirror to our plight.
^ A car is reflected on a damaged window to a building following protests against the police shooting of Keith Scott, in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 22, 2016.
Yet, we look to our leaders — as they tail their blurry reflection Up the snaking ladder of politics, promising to end disaffection — Deluded into believing that our future is determined by an election.
^ U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton boards her campaign plane at the Westchester County airport in White Plains, New York, on September 19, 2016.
For, remember. All the polls do is shift the power baton To the next cog in the hamster wheel; it's no marathon Feat to realise power corrupts, brings right to might, abuse of brawn.
^ Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian civilian during a raid by Israeli troops, in the West Bank city of Hebron, on September 20, 2016.
What's in a name? Not much, besides pretences. A civilian gets no civil treatment, gets censored in the census, When all he really wants to do is pursue dates, in both senses.
^ A Palestinian farmer harvests dates from a palm tree in southern Gaza on September 25, 2016.
Food and sex define us, the saint as much as the fraud. Food and sex drive us, as they do all creatures under God. Food and sex trap us, like a tyre around the neck of a Croc.
^ A crocodile with a used motorcycle tyre around its neck as seen on a river in Palu, Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia, on September 20, 2016 in this picture taken by Antara Foto. Residents suspect the tyre was garbage thrown into the river before it got wrapped around the crocodile's neck, reported Antara.
All it would take is a thought experiment — how would it be To live in a world laid waste to by insanity? To be a lonesome lion, lying catatonic in his burnt-down prairie?
^ A lion rests in the plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, on September 17, 2016.
(All images courtesy Reuters)