manuscript editing…

ghost writings...

if injustice’s dead would rise
and once again have human eyes
so they could find their oppressors
calling them out by name
we’d have to rewrite the history books

southern comfort…

southern comfort

just below the surface
remnants of an innocent life
beneath a blanket of fabricated stories
covered by layers of lies
and kentucky blue grass

 

 

osmosis…

osmosis

death
has no memory
so
victims
become
murders
killing in the same way
as
their own martyrs
were
slaughtered
and
for 
the same reasons
oppression
to gain advantage
and
to rule others
someone
must
always
be underfoot
to
support
the weight
of
man’s madness

ecosystem stability….

ecosystem stability

hear we go again
heavy rains
of
concern
over
the middle east
and
africa
while winds
of
sanctions
are
diverted
by
a front
of
political denial
protecting
the state
of
israel
while
the downpour
of
missiles
created
a flood
of
funerals
in
the gaza strip
but
not too worry
the
un has promised
a
full analysis
of
death’s winds
so
rest assured
there’s
nothing going
to
be
done
but
you may experience
once again
a cold hail
of
emotional trauma
but
by now
you
should
be
climatized
to
that
as for
the forecast
more
of
the same patterns
of
social injustice
worldwide

justifiable homicide…

justifiable homicide

biblically inspired
post-it notes
placed
on the pages
of
history
easily removed
and
replaced
to
fit
the occasion
and/or
the whims
of
men’s
greed

important symbolically for politics…

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words of condolence and shared sorrow
placing flowers on a martyr’s grave
promising justice and change
but in the end
nothing but gold gilding on unceasing death

 

 

state terrorism…

terrorist state

go ahead
sort
through
the array
of
definitions
of
a terrorist state
make
notes
if
you like
but
if you’re honest
your
findings
will
include
so-called
democracies
that
have had
apartheid processes
in
place
for
quite some time
nations
more
than willing
to
arrest
and
murder
their own citizens
to
maintain
political power
oh
the flags
may be different
but
the purposes
are
the same
and
the bodies
in
graves
are silenced
in
the same
way

i will shoot…

i will shoot

ice cream and cakes
for pen to paper
myanmar protest poems
hollowed-out poet
your words are now ours

 

 

open-air prisons…

open-air prisons

long term
detention centers
have been established
in both
urban
and
rural
areas
to
facilitate
availability
of
cheap labor
for
our corporate
and
community
job release programs
these expansions
have resulted
in
the necessity
for
additional security services
for
patrolling
penal colonies
and
periodically
reminding inmates
via
random
stops
searches
and
seizure
of
their existence
that
they don’t have
voting rights
as for those
prisoners
living outside
the prison confines
and
firmly established
in
viable
work furlough programs
let me
assure you
that they
are
subject to
the same
prison system security procedures
to
insure compliance
with
our concept
of
social confinement
even when
living outside
america’s
ghettos
and
poverty rich
communities