haka…

digital decoupage cwmartin 2011

there is still
salt
in these tears
tho
cameras
no longer run
and
satellite crews
have long
moved on
to the next
suitable
nielsen site
these tears
of orphans
still
have salt
in them

ivory coast…

digital decoupage cwmartin

the ash
from the funeral pyre
seized onto
an autumn breeze
flying
without constraint
away
from the shores
of africa
spinning
like a roulette wheel
without sound
landing
on the coast
of the americas
where once
freedom
was lost
but now
gained

acquiesce…

when do we
become our enemy
how many lives
must be taken
before we
are
them
or
is it
not
a number
but
when
we
accept
their
rules
of behavior
and
we
kill
to purify
our
nation
as
they
did

and they did unto others…

just like before
the hole was dug
perhaps it was
more of a trench
a mass grave
for the living
families
were herded in
beaten men
pregnant women
helpless children
all into this ghetto
sealed
with walls
wires
checkpoints
ships
and of course rules
for maintaining
social standards
everyone in
no one out
like every
grave