less government…

so when is less more
is it when you have no voice
or when laws are passed
that take away basic rights
of your body mind and soul

 

titillating tithing…

pulpit politicos
those
practicing pharisees
promote protecting
the unborn child
but
those already born
are forgotten
once outside
the hospital doors
and as for
their mothers
who were once
called
sacred vessels
of
god
now are
unwed whores
shunned from
those sacred doors
adorned with
golden images
representing
your heavenly reward
redeemable
if
and
only if
you contribute
funds
to be used
at
the discretion
of
god’s
terrestrial representatives
for
indiscretions
representatives
whose sermons
give
a new meaning
to
the golden fleece

delayed burial…

the dead man
did not speak
and
some in the crowd
questioned
whether or not
he was listening
but
people still came forth
some protesting
our state
of
continuous war
others complained
about
global warming
and
how their lives
had been changed
forever
more
than a handful
carried placards
and
screamed about abortion
and
women’s rights
those
concerned about
civil rights
for
people of color
residents
and
would-be-residents
appeared
only when the cameras
were flashing
and
their voices
we quickly muted
by
a series of rants
on
self-interest topics
in the end
the dead man
did not speak
nor
show any true emotion
which would be expected
from
a corpse
so when
the dead man
was rotated
and
returned
to
the senate
no one
was
really
surprised

 

whose god…

Art by Ever Fonseca Cerviño

generally
the brown bag prophet
avoids
arguments
with
religious disciples
stating
that
beliefs cannot be verified
otherwise
they’d be
facts
and
given beliefs
require
personal acceptance
arguments
over beliefs
constitute
shadow boxing
but
yesterday
the prophet
was cornered
by a zealot
promoting
byzantine abortion laws
who spewed
religious text
that demonized
a woman’s right
to have possession
of her own body
saying
his scriptures
were provided
via
divine inspiration
from
god
when finally
given an opportunity
to speak
the brown bag prophet
said
i’ve read
there are
320 million gods
in the world
does your position
represent
a majority vote
or
someone
just
on
some bad drugs

and the horse you rode in on…

and the horse you rode in on

when your daughter
or daughter’s daughter
lies bleeding in bed
butchered by a wire
then tell me of your
moral code
protecting the unborn
at all cost
sacrificing a woman’s life
to appease
man’s
distorted words
of god
go ahead
have another cigarette
after raping
her rights
hell smoke
the whole damn pack
if it brings
an end
to fools
like you

gender equity law…

gender equity law

aunt bea
said
i’ve been
thinking about
all these new
abortion laws
being passed
by
male
dominated
bible thumping
porn star watching
wanna-be slave masters of women
legislators
and
so
i’ve sent them
a comparable law
for men
it reads
all males
who
have not
within the last
nine months
or
cannot
because of age
contribute
to the procreation
of a healthy
male
child
shall
by law
and without
exception
be forthwith
castrated
and
put out
to pasture
now
doesn’t that
sound
fair
to you

now serving…

please take a number
your prayers will be answered
according to need

easier to teach twenty…

Image by Arnold Genthe, N.Y. appeared in 'The Woman Citizen' October 1926

a woman
standing alone
listening to
prefabricated values
from
a society
that has died
long ago
these laws
are
artifacts
of
the good old days
when
women
were possession
not like the women
who saved a nation
working
in the factories
during testosterone wars
or
the ones
who fought for freedom
while riot police
tore away their clothes
but you
with your
religious text
in hand
deny
the adultery of words
with actions
clinging to your
old mythical morality
while wearing those
puritanical white sheets
stained
with martyr’s blood