myanmar like those before…

briefing diplomats
smoke from blood soaked huts rises
sky blackened by death
another ethic cleansing
world of deep darkness and pain

 

should be required reading….

those truths
we
held
self-evident
now require
some additional
evidence
equality
defined by
white-robed thugs
or
the constitution
ah yes
the constitution
unalienable rights
endowed
by
their creator
or
the state-approved creator
of
rights
noninclusive listing
of
rights
life
as a serf
or
as a freeman
oh and
then there’s
liberty
with
or
without
police brutality
and
jefferson
must have been
high
on something
to propose
the pursuit of happiness
in a nation
defined
by
corporate
and
political
greed
at the cost
of those
in the most
need
so
my dear
government friends
please
read
paragraph one
carefully
this time
skip
the cliff notes

 

memory loss…

From Private Collection: C.W. Martin

details of the past
fade like old albumen prints
in each new day’s light

no offense meant…none taken…but…

for reasons
i cannot explain
i asked
the brown bag prophet
his opinion
of
the removal
of various monuments
that
celebrated
the glorious south
he
said
if
one
can justify
statues
of
southern pride
found
offensive
to
blacks
and
others
of conscience
then
i would propose
that
we install
in every park
and
shopping mall
statues
of
native american women
being raped
by
white soldiers
and
bronze castings
of
black men
being lynched
or
with
their flesh
being
peeled off
with tar
while white-robed
good old american boys
toss feathers
or
statues
of this nation’s
starving children
eating
from
garbage bins
yes
we should celebrate
and
commemorate
all
of this nation’s
finest
moments
for
all
to see
since
no offense
is
meant

 

presidential shared guilt absurdity…

we’ve heard this before
like victims of rape are blamed
for being women