locker room talk…

watching
a football game
where
players
dutifully wore
masks
on the sideline
but
not
when
they were
engaged
in
hand to hand combat
made me
consider
sideline masks
as symbols
you know
like
a wedding ring
is
a symbol
fidelity
but
it’s only symbol
we’ve clearly seen that
in
the behavior
of
our current president
whose escapades
are
the subject of
numerous law suites
from
women
other than
his wife
then i recalled
high school locker rooms
where
one’s physical deficiencies
were
clearly exposed
in those
mandatory
gym classes
and
wondered
how do you shower
in a mask
and
if you can’t
maybe you’re
not only
exposed
but
being
exposed

 

not that it’s my business…

tell me
mister christian
if
it were your
wife
daughter
or
child
groped
and
raped
by
the president
would
you
be
as forgiving
as
you’ve
been
so far
freely
supporting
the evil
that’s been
done
to others

 

a woman of honor…

the weight
of society
pressed hard
against her throat
like a soldier’s boot
bearing down
with anger
because
she had
survived
and now
was due
some benefit
for standing tall
in the streets
fighting side-by-side
with men
against tyranny
had she died
in that stuggle
her torment
would have been less
but like a fool
she trusted
that freedom
was
for all
and now
had
to pay
the price
for her
beliefs

slideshow…

background sound
the circle game
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african renaissance monument
man, woman and child emerging from a volcano
man
annual income
one thousand dollars plus
woman
rape statistics not available
child
workers in sweat shops
supporting tourist trade
total cost
27 million dollars
over 2 million dollars per senegalese
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central Moscow
female bombers
husband killed by federal forces
detonating explosives
death toll
now forty
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trenton new jersey
public housing apartments
7-year-old sister
sold into sexual slavery
by step-sister for personal gain
immense pressure to make arrests
several arrests of men
aggravated sexual assault
endangering
the welfare
of a child
is there a charge
for creating a living death
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