o jerusalem…

unlike in the bible
the child has been sliced in half
now death ‘s greed’s reward

sustaining order…

there are
no prophets
outside my door
nor
wise men
expounding great truths
just
a pack
of
fools
drooling words
like
some poisonous dragon
waiting
to devour
helpless prey
prey
stunned
by
their noxious existence
in a world
once
claimed
to be
full of promise
but
the promise
was
just
snake oil
sweet to the taste
but
unable
to heal
a damn thing
but
people
still queue up
to buy
other’s packaged dreams
many
on
bended knees
others
waving flags
or
hand printed posters
designating
their
personal
causes
usually written
with
eye-catching clauses
conveying
preprogrammed beliefs
that
they never
understood
they
merely
accepted
so
now they walk
single file
into
the abyss

concussion…

i know
that the election
was quite
a blow
but
child
you cannot
lie down now
for
if you sleep
you may never
wake
you gotta
keep alert
keep your mind busy
and
working
otherwise
the darkness
of
racism
will envelope you
and
you’ll never
see
the light
of
true
freedom

what did you expect…

are you
still
waving the flag
pretending
that those
who
orchestrate
positions
in
the american caste system
will
afford you
your long-awaited
opportunity
for
true freedom
here’s a news flash jack
you’re
gonna have to
climb over
the piles of black bodies
that
proceeded your
fine fantasy
starting
your
first
ascent
over
the bodies
of
african slaves
mired
in the promises
of
a mule and forty acres
trying not to trip
as you climb
on the bodies
that sought
freedom
through
service
during america’s
unending
wars
with
someone
the layers
of such bodies
are impossible
to
list
since some
were
open love affairs
while
others were
secret
like
unsanctioned lovers
meeting
in
a dark movie theater
but
i’m rambling now
so
i shall wish you
the best of luck
and
suggest
that you watch
where
you step

this land ain’t your land…

From CWMartin Image Collection

contrary
to
what that song
told you
this
ain’t your land
never
was
your forefathers
showed up
without
a passport
or
work visa
and
proceeded
to
lay claim to
anything
and
everything
they coveted
and when
we said
wait a minute jack
they
started shooting us
in order
to
save our heathen souls
seems
like
someone
misread the text
but
let me digress
all
i really
want to say
in this age
of
walls
is
get the hell out
of
my country

check youtube…

yesterday
i was surprised
when
an elderly
white man
yelled
at
the brown bag prophet
and
the prophet
merely
smiled
and
gave him
the sign
of the cross
as
his response
now
two things
were
surprising
to me
his smile
and
the sign
of the cross
first of all
the prophet
rarely
restrains
his responses
to
ignorant displays
of
racism
and
i know
for a fact
he’s not
religious
in
any sense
of
the
word
but
he told
me
that
he was
the designated
scapegoat
for
a hidden camera
documentary
on
racism
since
the fall
of
the american dream
then
he said
if you noticed
carefully
i did the cross thing
in
reverse
he smiled again
and
said
that was
a reverse blessing