freedom…

our new homes
are
six miles high
provided
by
the government
as
moral resolution
for
past injustices
racism
sexism
along
with a compendium
of
other crimes
housing transport
was
free
the new
housing
was described
as
temporary
for
some reason
we’ve
noticed
the
lack
of
vegetation here
as
well as
a problem
with
obtaining water
but
the government
says
bottled water
will be provided
as
long
as
we
need it
the government brochure
assured us
this
was our freedom
our
one chance
having
trouble breathing
right now
maybe
we can
discuss
this
later

 

considering st. jerome’s letter to the ephesians…

it was
a present
after all
wrapped
so brightly
in the flags
of
nations
blood red ribbons
bound
the box tight
so
there was no chance
of
sight
no chance
to see
what lie
beneath
the multicolored shroud
enveloping
the box
like
promissory words
words
said
to induce
trust
and
one-sided
understanding
and
those
child-like attempts
to
discover
its content
by
gently
shaking it
provided
sounds
that merely
confused
the issue
like
most
negotiations
made
between
nations
oh
i know
the label said
humanity
lies within
but
with that wrapping
one
must wonder
about
its point
of
origin