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

 

 

the black artist…

not that person anymore

rarely invited
though
he’s neatly dressed
small
sweater holes
apparent
fame
for him
has been
a shell game
his life’s work
and
gifts to others
have been 
overlooked
hidden behind
a wall
of
prejudice

 

 

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

 

 

on the road to freedom…

ancient bones speak

my voice
is
muffled
by
the earth
that
shelters me
so
you may not
always
hear me
but
i am here
beneath
your feet
in
this unmarked grave
once
i walked
above the earth
just
like
you
even
had dreams
foolish dreams
failing
to hear
echos
of
history
those wails
from
the grave
that
freedom
for
those of color
was always
a cry off
so
when
i
demanded
my rights
and
spoke up
saying
enough time
had passed
and
i wanted
my freedom
now
so
one night
my wish
was granted
by
an angry mob
who
discarded me
in this grave
not far
from
that tree
over there
but
you needn’t worry
i’m not
here
alone

 

variable rates…

variable rate

a nation’s morality
for
action
is on
a sliding scale
humanitarian efforts
towards
another nation
is
increased
based upon
the
the giver’s self-interest
and
decreased
based on
the
skin color
of
those
in
need

made-ahead meals…

made-ahead meals

child
seems like
every channel
i
turn to
has one of those
cooking competitions
do you remember
when your mom
bought
that
turquoise
easy-bake oven
for
christmas
and
we made
stuff
the dog
wouldn’t even eat
well sugar
they even got
a show
with
an easy-bake oven
for
adults
adults who are
either
trying to win
some
cash
or
just some
time away
from
their children
in any case
there’s always
some panel
of
judges
who dish out
verdicts
in the same manner
as
the justice system
so
what you bake
or
cook
is still evaluated
by
the way you look
so
honey
it ain’t
no competition
just
confirmation

glad-hand man…

glad-hand man

comes well equipped
a clarabell clown smile
painted on a gq face
spontaneous loud laughter
though inappropriate 
is
a programmable feature
and can be transitioned
into a whiny
faux concerned tone
with a series of
empty platitudes expressed
once laughter fails
as
a manipulative
joints are
fully articulated
and coordinated with
contrived smiles
laughter can also be
initiated by pushing
societal buttons
equal rights
patriotism
or
anything labeled
contrary to internal
prejudgment apps
a-greeting app
includes two modes
bra detection embrace
with gentle back rub
or
macho handshake with smile
grip strength is equivalent to
burping a baby’s bottom
please note
several models
are available
in various colors
but rest assured
they have the same
internal components

 

 

the back of the bus…

the back of the bus

welcome
have a seat
at
the rear
of
the bus
we’ve
designed it
so
it looks
just
like
the front
only
looking to
where
we’ve been
it even comes
with
its own
humanoid driver
fashioned
to look
like
lincoln
for we know
how much
your
people
admire him
even though
his motives
for
your emmancipation
were
less
egalitarian
than
you’ve
fantasized
however
that has
served us well
you
continue
to
blindly vote
for
our candidates
out of
allegiance to the past
and
we’d like for you
to
continue
so we
place
center stage
one or two
of
yours
on
every
campaign camera angle
remember
even if we limit
your voting rights
we
want you to stay
right