only following orders…

because of insurance
patient was sent home early
complying doctors
concerned about their payments
death within 24 hours

post traumatic birth syndrome…

post traumatic birth syndrome

the ephemeral joy
of a child’s birth
soon gives way
to the realization
that
world streets
are
war zones now
paris
chicago
los angeles
cities
small
and
large
are all battlefields
battlefields
where children
are the victims
victims
bruised
and
scarred
by those
who
should
protect them
but
the children
by their small stature
are
the proverbial pawns
pawns
used
in an adult game
of pornographic political greed
where children
are seen
as
child soldiers
their deaths
the price
of doing
business

commodity trades…

and they die
one by one
plucked from life
like vine ripe fruit
or
by the hundreds
harvested for profit
as a field of grain
and they die
some in beds
some in crowds
along dry roads
or
public markets
with no rhyme or reason
for their murder
and they die
young soldiers
and old men
children playing
or
walking to school
brought into the massacre
no weapons in hand
and they die
profit game
search for fame
in uniform
or
corporate gain
a gain not just for them
but also for you
so they die
rare metals
for your phone
that new ipad
or
color tv
to watch your favorite sports
or mundane reruns
but
they
die

war dogs…

global
political
corporations
scavenge
tearing away
earth’s flesh
lapping up black blood
like water
feeding
its need
for profit
off
the rotting corpse
of humanity