from one acronym to another…

from one acronym to another

uac
crossing the border
are
apprehended
by
dhs’s
cbp
cbp
and
ice
detain
uac
routinely
for
longer than
six months
then
cbp
transfers uac
to
hhs’s
orr
orr
operates
icfs
to house
the
uac
and
if by now
you’re saying
omg
this all seems like
tfh
shouldn’t we
be
irl talking
about
the almost
7 thousand children
separated
from
their parents
at
the border
then
ygtp

 

 

school board agenda…

temecula school board agenda

critical race theory
critical theory
of
race
critical
of
race theory
theory
critical
of
race
critical to
erase
theory
critical
to
erase
race

 

 

dark ages renaissance…

dark ages renaissance

the brown bag prophet
said
given
the current list
of
plagues
and
school board meetings
resembling
the spanish inquisition
i fully expect
that
we’ll soon
have
the great
teachers witch trials
complete
with
teachers
firmly tied
to
tetherball poles
surrounded
by
a stack
of burning
banned books
books
banned
for their
revealing the truth
about our
illustrious forefathers
you know
the ones
that massacred
native americans
and
enslaved others
for purely
selfish reasons
their own
financial gain
and
unfettered power
lord knows
we can’t have children
knowing the truth
such truths
might hurt
their mental status
making them
feel guilty
and
limiting
how many of them
that will be
willing
to commit
similiar crimes
in
the future
and
then
where would we be

 

 

 

 

the question is…

the question is


when does bondage end
with words of proclamation 
that freedom’s arrived
or when children aren’t hunted
and slaughtered by the police

 

 

some nasty scars…

malpractice

beneath the layers
of red white and blue fabric
are some serious wounds
that have not completely healed
and though they are kept concealed
they’re ever-present
oozing an infectious hate
into the bloodstream
of even those not yet born
part of their inheritance
an inheritance
of denied national crimes
covered over with
the fabric of myths and lies
revisions to history
protection rewrites
turning criminals into
national martyrs
while the true martyrs that died
are ignored cuz it’s bad press
the founding fathers
started this whole mess so it’s
not too surprising
scars are deeply embedded
into the nation’s body
what’s most upsetting
is it appears that gangrene’s
in the nation’s mind
those once thought to be insane
now are heralded as leaders
surely this maddness
is a harbinger of death
the death of freedom
and of all our aspirations
for a true democracy

 

 

expanding your repertoire…

expanding your repertoire

must be something wrong
since you’ve got only one song
i’m taken the fifth
is the song you keep singing
might want to learn jailhouse rock

 

 

guess it doesn’t matter anymore…

guess it doesn't matter anymore...

once baptized
with time
all
previous crimes
are to be forgotten
offenses of morality
are
washed away
and
we are encouraged
to
forgive
forgiveness
society’s masquerade
the transubstantiation
of
immoral acts
into
the divine law
of
man
so
unjust deaths
from
prejudice
religious intolerance
and
corporate profit taking
are to be seen
as
purified
by
the passage of time
politicos say
we must
forget
transgressions
in order
to move forward
but
forgiveness
is impossible
when
standing
among
the graves
of those
who died
for
the illusion
of
justice

weapons of mass destruction…

weapons of mass destrction

few will understand
that there are doomsday machines
systematically
for centuries destroying
and consuming the planet
the soulless machines called man

 

 

insufficient for purpose…

insufficient for purpose

ain’t got
no fancy
iambic pentameter
to wrap around
my words
nor
sweet rhythms
to conceal
the crimes
of our time
no metaphors
for the sounds
of bullets
ripping
the flesh
of children
huddled with fear
in their classrooms
can’t find
an anonomatopoeia way
to say
the gun lobby
is french kissing
dollars
into the mouths
of senators
so they’ll
turn a blind eye
to the streets and classrooms
flowing
with innocent blood
but they ain’t
the only ones
refusing to see
that racism
defines this nation
and perhaps
the entire white world
for tears are shed
when ukrainian children die
but not even a sigh
is heard
when children starve
to death
in africa and bangladesh
or
children are struck down
by an israeli drone
there’s no fixed meter
that can convey
the absolute sadness
of parents
with their child’s death
no poet can ever
capture the emotions
for such an event
we merely stutter
our thoughts in words
onto the page
hoping to express
our personal rage
at the inhumanity
of mankind