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

 

without rhyme or reason…

without rhyme or reason

random fragments
of
your life
are
scattered around
the floor
of
your conciousness
as
you shuffle
from
one thought
to
the other
they
become
less
coherent
your past
becomes
indiscernible
from
dreams
and
nightmares
nightmares
that soon
envelop
your days
so your days
become indistinguishable
from nights
now
life
as you had
envisioned it
is
forgotten
only
basic
survival routines
exist
your movements
no longer
have any real purpose
other than
to
sustain
in
an unpremeditated manner
the dreams
and
nightmares

 

 

the auction…

the auction

sale begins
promptly
at
seven am
bring a lunch
since
all items
must be
disposed of
before
we can
go home
you’ll find something
for
everyone
cuz’
we’re selling
a couple’s lifetime
together
we’ll start
the day
with
a matched set
of
custom-made wedding rings
surely
a symbol of true love
just
for you
if you’re
willing
to pay the price
like
they did
there’s a mission oak bed
just what
you
antique freaks
love
it’s like new
however
the springs
will need to be replaced
but
be assured
only one loving couple
has occupied
this bed
which brings us to
the lovely
old
porcelain baby shoes
the perfect
thing for your collection
there’s also
lots of fine china
and
pots and pans
that seem
to still ring
with the laughter
of
friends
enjoying life
oh
and there’s
lots of
original paintings
from
around the world
acquired
during
traveling adventures
impress your friends
with
your excellent taste
for
artwork
by
buying up
these framed
memories
oh
and
there’s boxes
and
boxes
of fullfilled dreams
to sort through
if
you have the time
but
just
a handful
of
deferred dreams
to add
to those
you already own
arrive early
and
scan this life
before
your
time
runs out

freedom’s evolution…

freedom's evolution

i’ve begun
to
count
the number
of
pleats
in
my
bedroom curtains
with each
recount
the number
remains
the same
i was certain
that
the winds
of
time
would alter
it
in some way
but
the number
has
not
changed
then
i started counting
the lives lost
of those
who
believed
they were free
or
just wanted to be
and soon
i lost count

 

 

graduation…

graduation

so you’ve compromised
decided that they were right
your faults now quite clear
no need to discuss a thing
since you’ve given up all hope
so congratulations
you’ve now joined the rank and file
your fate’s in their hands
you may take your assigned seat
and patiently await death