a familiar conversation…

a familiar conversation

geo-politicos
sit in up-scale
coffee shops
discussing the impact
of
current events
on the economy
while
in gaza
they bury children
from indiscriminate bombing
no discussion of
war crimes
malaysian airliner
shot from the sky
described in the press
as a
crash
scores died
no
discussion
of
war crimes
one person
brings up
that time when
a Soviet jet fighter
killed an us congressman
that was
a korean airliner
as he recalls
also
shot down
with hundreds
murdered
no discussion
of
war crimes
but
the conversation turns
to
how criminal
it was
to
charge
for
cold bagels
when
served
late

don’t forget who they were…

don't forget who they were

death wears away
the stone memories
of yesterday
when
parents
invincible
in our eyes
lived
magical lives
so we
hurried off
into
our own lives
never
really considering
theirs
had
an
end
and we
from our
naiveté
arise
staring
into
now vacant eyes
but
we must
recall
the vibrant souls
that defied
death
for so long
and
touch
once again
the hem
of humanity

barycentric velocity…

barycentric velocity

bapa dola
handed his student
an hourglass
the bottom
clear
as a mountain spring
so
the ever-changing patterns
of sand
could be observed
but
the top
opaque
no way of determining
how much sand
it held
the student said
the sands seem
to move so slowly
bapa dola
said
the sands
are the moments
of your life
they move slowly
for you’re young
later in life
they will move
swiftly
relish now
the patterns
they make
for soon
there will be
none

war against children…

war against children

carousels of death
armored tanks
move towards gaza
calliope of cannons
round after round
play death’s march
a pied piper’s tune
leading children
away from life
never to return
a way no doubt
as good as
swift’s proposal

armed and dangerous 2….

armed and dangerous2

my country tis thee
whose sons carry guns to school
leaving children dead

leaving children dead
does not bother some with guns
they say guns don’t kill

they say guns don’t kill
but it is a bitter pill
when washed down with blood

when washed down with blood
these white washed walls of freedom
are stained forever

armed and dangerous…

armed and dangerous

my country tis thee
cutting down its children
in homeland war zones

in homeland war zones
words weave weapons to freedom
to keep and bear arms

to keep and bear arms
for fear government will strike
taking away life

taking away life
guns laugh at a mother’s plea
to return her child

to return her child
not even her god can do
hands-off policy

hands-off policy
used by government also
so more graves are dug

so more graves are dug
and more money made on death
i don’t understand

i don’t understand
why death can be so welcomed
by those making laws