justifiable homicide…

there shall be
no
trial
no
jury
listening
to
a barrage
of
words
point
counterpoint volleys
fired
into the air
by
uniformed attorneys
whose
solemn oath
is
that
they will
represent
with
dignity 
courtesy
and
integrity
each element
of
this creed
it would seem
has been
somehow
operationally defined
but
that is
of
little concern
for
our present case
for
even though
life saving
food
and
medicine
was
intentionally
withheld
from
dying children
no charges
will
be brought
it’s just
a simple
issue
of
national security
our
political will
against
their dying children
that’s not crime
it’s
the way the game is played
a game of chicken
played
with
other people’s lives

 

spring #9…

in a process
that
even
a mayan priest
would find
ostentatious
each spring
sealed bundles
of
educational evaluations
are conveyed
to
the classroom
there
beneath
the ritualistic blade
of
knowledge
young students
who’ve been
acclimatized
before
ascending
the mountain
called
state test requirements
begin
their daily trek
and
upon completion
like
all climbers
they discard
much
of what
they were
forced
to
carry

 

abdication…

infant child care
safe and nurturing
home away from home
promised growth
and
learning
through play
that’s
the solution
private preschool
individualized
sterile instruction
on
how to succeed
in life
through
monitored
behavioral goals
that’s
the solution
sessions
with
a child psychologist
topics
vary
attempting
to define
what does not exist
that’s
the solution
private structure school
designed
to cater to
the
individual
while shaping
the young mind
for
social conformity
that’s
the solution
parenting classes
with joint
child psychological counseling
topics
vary
redefining
what does not exist
that’s
the solution
public education
mingling
with the common folks
without
the social tools
to separate
the desires for acceptance
from
socially approved
processes
of acquisition
that’s
the solution
world travel
isolated from peers
to gain
insight of the world
without
addressing the desires
for
acceptance
that’s
the solution
boarding school
designed
to cater to
the
individual
while shaping
the young teenage mind
for
social conformity
that’s
the solution

 

mother knows best…

her
maternal voice
mused
as if
telling a ghost story
warned
not
to unwrap
the white shroud
encasing
yesterday’s body
they should
accept
their personalized gospel
no need
to unravel
and
inspect
the blood stained
fabric
with
it’s
image
of
truth
why
risk
losing the ransomed lives
they’ve lived
ransom
so carefully
paid for
with
lies