migrant caravan…

 

it was
clearly
his grave
his name
was
properly inscribed
upon
the stone
denoting
this
was
indeed
his property
and
person
as for
the need
of
an archeologist
to
confirm
the obvious
it
was
not doubt
the appalling
result
of
technology
and
the need
for
an extended
runway
at
the airport
in other words
the
living’s need
for
a clear
conscious
when
disrupting
what
had previously
been called
his
final resting place
now
he’ll
either
be moved
to
the basement
of
a museum
or
transferred
to
a low rent district
for
reburial
in
a new
final resting place
well
until
the airport
needs
more space

 

the moth hole…

 

a small
irregular hole
in
the pocket
of
an old cardigan
five neat buttons
adorn
the front
buttons
handled
by
two generations
of
doctors
in this village
so
such a small hole
would be expected
after
almost
two lifetimes
but
not the one
in the back
the one
left by
a government soldier’s
bullet

 

urban archaeology….

 

graves emptied
of
promises
now
hold the remains
of
beliefs
their flesh
of
hope
eaten away
by
political curs
leaving
bare bones
of
reality
to await
some
future
archaeologist
who will
speculate
on
the rituals
that
lead to
their
barbaric sacrifice
and
burial
in the name
of
some
unknown
demigod
a demigod
like
all demigods
whose
name
is
forgotten
ten minutes
after
death
but
without
precise data
contrived theories
will no doubt
lead
to
tenure

 

ain’t no accidents…

 

girl child
and
the children
of
most folks
with
their first
breaths
death’s shroud
has
been
beneath
the exterior
of
their freedom
freedom
that
was no more
than
a phantom limb
they
were told
and
believed
they could
grasp
and
unlatch
the portal
to
self-determination
but
their dreams
were
always
intended
to perish
though
they
were
permitted
to
narrowly survive
and
allowed
to give
thanks
to
god
that
they
had survived
and
by doing so
were given
the option
on
heavenly real-estate

 

no room at the inn…

 

another
unanswered ad
low-skilled
entry-level job
starting pay
less
than welfare
must show
desire to work
without
adequate compensation
you
must be
seeking
a better life
for
your children
rather
than
personal wealth
if
you’re currently caged
at
the border
no worries
there’s no rush
card-carrying americans
will not apply
for
these positions
or
will be unable
to
pass
our drug screening
once employed
our family law attorneys
will make
every effort
to
locate
and
reconnect you
with
your children
so
that
your deferred dream
can
become
an american dream

all roles are dangerous…

 

after the power plant
went offline
rumors
abounded
as to
possible causes
ranging
from
internet terrorists
to
internal espionage
when
the hazmat team
entered
the
operational center
carefully
examining
every component
they found
an ant
dead
electrocuted
on
a circuit board