salvadorean maternity ward…

salvadorean marerity ward

get down on your knees
your born dead child means prison
prayer helps nothing now

your tears are ignored
your life will be sacrificed
for religious law

for religious law
blind justice rapes you again
satan smiles broadly

the same old story…

the same old story

aunt bea
was sitting
on the front porch
with a neighbor lady
discussing
how much
things
haven’t
changed
aunt bea
said
you can
put as many ornaments
on a tree
as
you want
but
what lies
beneath
is still
a naked tree
discrimination
is
discrimination
no matter
how many
glitter laws
you put
on the books
such mandates
when held only
by
a thin string
of printed words
will fall
and
shatter
with the slightest
breeze
of ignorance