shopping…

shopping

aunt bea
said
washington
always reminds me
of a senegalese market
where
everyone knows
what’s
for sale
the only question
is
how to come
to terms
on
the price


go ahead ignore global warming..

go ahead an ignore global warming

sorry front-page news
a former president paints
suspect he used oils


on giving…

on giving

bapa dola
said to his student
always serve
a guest water
and
chapati
first
if they show
gratitude
and
express thanks
then
serve them
wine
and fruit
else
bid them
safe journey


power struggle…

power struggle

final words unheard
spent his life ruling others
his last wish unheard

his last wish unheard
for family debated
what he might say last


calling to your closed window…

calling to your closed window

come
take my hand
and
walk with me
feel
the night’s breath
and
the complete embrace
of stars
oh
and
the sweet kiss
of spring’s mist
upon our lips
you
can hold
all of the night’s treasures
without strain
do not
delay
come
walk with me


hand washing…

hand washing

words
overheard
it was
her choice
now
she lies
blooded
and
he
across the border
she should’ve left him
but
what about
their children
it was
her
choice
a chorus
of indifference
repeated
as if
guilt
will be lifted
if said
often enough
the officer
waits
for the coroner
it is
his
choice


what you dreamed…

what you dreamed

have
you seen
the last star
it fades
from view
beyond
promises
unkept by prayers
count its
last lights
glimmers
gone now
like your words
words heard
but
never done
count
the last heartbeats
of
the star


mankind…

mankind

marble in a bowl
rolling around seeking change
returns to start point


spes…

spes

come
open
the gates
of hope
let
those blinded
by despair
see
the light
of
what could be
so seeds
of dreams
might
grow


sorry the line’s busy…

sorry the lines busy

when
peace is
more than
a word
when
compassion is
not sold
when
church and
profit
part ways
when
our country’s
poor
matter
when
the old
don’t die
hungry
when
children
don’t die
alone
then
speak to me
of
freedom