the casting…

 

designed to destroy
artificial images
poured from hate’s cauldron
made from ignorance and fear
soulless asylum seekers

 

evolution of race relations…

 

on the way to school
used to be called racist names
but i survived that
and when i was much older
at work i was just ignored

 

ice cubed children…

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their eyes seemed to say
we’re your unkept promises
yearning to breathe free

 

meditating on a closed homeless shelter…

 

the brown bag prophet
said
i live
in
the empty spaces
life’s
denied
moments
where eyes
avert
and
prayers
fall on deaf ears
i’m
not alone
there are
children
and
their parents
in
these spaces
parents
of
all sorts
atheists
bible thumpers
and
those confused
by
god’s words
and
his deeds
as
well
as
certified heroes
and
criminals
those ungainfully employed
and
otherwise destitute
by
their attempt
at
existence
all
forming
society’s sediment
sediment
along
these streets
paved
with human gold
and
blood diamonds
diamonds
worn
no doubt
as
symbols
of
heaven’s stars
but
more likely
as
hell’s burning embers
but
who’s to say
not those
of us
living
in
the empty spaces

 

go to the window…

 

if our leaders
will not defend us
then
we
must rise up
if our laws
are
a mere mockery
then
we
must rise up
if our children
are
murdered at school
then
we
must rise up
if a fool’s lies
are
national policies
then
we
must
rise up
we
must rise up
seize freedom’s sword
and
slay
hades’ beast