lifeguard…

why did you not
extend your hand
as your brother
slipped into the sea
did fear
grasp your mind
so tight
that hope’s light
could not be seen
or
did you conceive
of this as some horrid nightmare
that would pass away
as the new day began
or
did you see
your brother’s wealth
and
wish it to be
endowed
upon you
tell me senator
what did you see

murders most foul…

graves
dug
by
the hands
of
ignorance
and
intolerance
graves
for
innocent
immigrants
uninvited
guests
of
freedom
buried
beneath layers
of
lies
and
procedural
justifications
buried
alive
with the pretense
they
can
dig
themselves out
while
chained
to
a nation’s
hate
have no doubt
this
is
murder
in the first degree
by
those charged
with
protecting
freedom