house negro..

 

the brown bag prophet
had
just been watching
kanye
praise
and
give
a big
cotton picker’s hug
to
the pretend president
the prophet
said
did you ever read
in
a history book
about
a newspaper ad
taken out
in
the 17 hundreds
i believe
advertising
a young
house-negro wench
of
19
for
sale
the ad
noted
she spoke
english
i suspect
the prophet
said
better
than
kanye
and
no doubt
she was
brighter
one thing’s
for
sure
malcolm
would
have called
him
the same thing
maher
had
to apologize for

 

 

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

 

white house flag stayed at full mast until…

 

the brown bag prophet
said
wasn’t
it
surprising
that
an ersatz president
who
made 
such
a big deal
about
standing for the flag
calling
such a failure
to
stand
as disrespectful
of
american veterans
and
the nation’s flag
as
a whole
then
to

use the flag
as
a childish statement
of
his
disrespect
for
a true
american hero’s death
the type of individual
he couldn’t
begin
to emulate
given
his
serious
bone spur handicap
didn’t know
such
an aliment
could
also
effect
iq
but
we the people
got him
to lower
it
in respect
and
we the people
can
lower him
so
he
will
learn
respect

 

black girl with a yes boss attitude…

 

jackie
was having
a beer
in
a local watering hole
and
said
to
the brown bag prophet
some
snot nosed child
says
i’s needs
to
grow up
but
they ain’t been
nowhere
in
life yet
ain’t had no
real
pain
don’t
have a grasp
on
reality
yet
alls they knows
is
fairytale shit
hard work
and
dedication
to
the white god
of
money
gonna
make things
just
fine
they don’t understand
the rules
yet
when
you turns
your back
they talking
and
plotting
to take
the things
most
important
to you
and
they
can
and
they
will
and
you
don’t
win
unless
they say so
so
i said
to her
honey
shut your face
cause
you
don’t know
the
rules
i’s was gonna
say
something else
but
i remembered
this movie
and
realized
she can’t handle the truth
yet

 

revival of medieval times…

as i left
my local barber shop
the brown bag prophet
asked
did you grip the pole
i replied
i’m not
certain
what you mean
the prophet
said
folks used
to believe
that
bleeding
the patient
would drain out
the cause of the illness
or
the evil in them
during
the procedure
the patient
would hold onto
a pole
to encourage
blood flow
of course
all the procedure did
was to facilitate
the patient’s death
seems like
bleeding
is in fashion
again
given current
government
policies
and
procedures
everything
that
was
the life blood
of this nation
is being
bled away

 

get on board…

a choir
from
a local church
was
singing
in the park
and
one of the songs
they sang
was
the freedom train
since
the brown bag prophet
was in attendance
i asked him
what he thought
of
that particular song
the prophet
said
there ain’t no
freedom train
it’s
a merry-go-round
moving
so damn slow
that
by the time
you’re aware
you’ve gone
in
a circle
you’re
dead
or
dying

 

by definition…

the brown bag prophet
sitting near
an outdoor tavern
listening
to
international news
about
the fifty-two
unarmed
palestinians
murdered
today
said
according
to
the us code
of
federal regulations
israel
has become
a
terrorist state
of course
considering
our nation’s treatment
of
segments
of
our own society
those folks
who
promote
gun control
civil rights
and
just plain old
human rights
guess
we’re now
a terrorist
state too

 

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives” (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85).