401k dust bin blues…

401k dust bin blues

standing on a box
near the campus green
the brown bag prophet
said
this new revolution
ain’t about
your
corporate shares
nor
how damn dry
your martini
is going to be
this
revolution
is about
people like me
the faces
you see
out of the corner
of your eyes
as you spread
suzy creamcheese
on your morning bagel
this revolution
is about
interrupting
your endless coffee high
at your favorite shop
serving
an imported brew
of oppressed sweat
and hopelessness
this revolution
will be ’bout
keeping you from
overdosing
on the society pages
that have preoccupied
your fictional existence
but
this revolution
will
not
offer you
some damn 10-step program
to save you from
post traumatic humanity disorder
this time
you’ll be all
on your own
so
sit back
and
watch
the untouchables
drink from your
favorite cup
tasting for the first time
the social lies
embedded in history
and
refusing to add
the sugary hemlock
of distorted education
an education
where a slave trader
has been immortalized
as the father
of two continents
this revolution
is about
erasing such names
leaving them
lying naked
for all to see
like the women
they gave away
as door prizes
to their crew
and baby
this revolution
will not be
the night
you planned
not
a one nightstand
but
a marriage
with
consequences

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have you not read the Qur’an – القرآن الكريم…

have you not read the Qur'an

each
brick
made from
water
clay
and
flesh
the flesh
of old men
raped women
and
generations of children
whose lives
are pressed
into a mold
of slavery
and
dried in fires
of baronial greed
and
all the while
well dressed
pakistanis roll-up
their prayer rugs
so that
they may
sip morning tea
while
watching
a sunrise
of wealth

gender equity law…

gender equity law

aunt bea
said
i’ve been
thinking about
all these new
abortion laws
being passed
by
male
dominated
bible thumping
porn star watching
wanna-be slave masters of women
legislators
and
so
i’ve sent them
a comparable law
for men
it reads
all males
who
have not
within the last
nine months
or
cannot
because of age
contribute
to the procreation
of a healthy
male
child
shall
by law
and without
exception
be forthwith
castrated
and
put out
to pasture
now
doesn’t that
sound
fair
to you

have you heard…

another man’s
done gone
his soul
won’t linger long
in your song
it ‘s done gone
to heaven
waiting for justice
to spread its wings
across this land
that took his life
in the night
like all thieves
death came
and left
without a word
of regret
just the foul odor
of a barbaric law
but
now
the continuing story
of
made
in america

ivory coast…

digital decoupage cwmartin

the ash
from the funeral pyre
seized onto
an autumn breeze
flying
without constraint
away
from the shores
of africa
spinning
like a roulette wheel
without sound
landing
on the coast
of the americas
where once
freedom
was lost
but now
gained

chains…

 

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hands
pressed against
a cold window frame
staring into the darkness
recalling those
below ancient decks
with manacled hands
and feet
the smell
of rotting flesh
the sound
of rusted chains
reverberating
a legacy of pain
and sorrow
wondering now
about the future
of those bound
to tenements
asking if their chains
are not the same
rusted chains
of despair
that still grasp
and
cut deep
into the skin
of humanity
drawing new blood
that mingles
with the dried blood
of their forefathers
a thought interrupted
by the rattle
of windows
as a train passes
on the edge
of the have
and have
nots

i’m taking requests so…

what instrument shall I play for you
shall it be a magic flute
with melodic tones
that drift you into an even deeper sleep
where you can claim
this to be
the best of all possible worlds
or shall i play a song
that stirs your soul
a march
perhaps
that will let you see
the world around you
where slavery still exists
and hate burns deep
into the souls of men
like the searing heat
of a branding iron
or shall i play
a clever little melody
with notes to let you see
a child’s badly bruised face
from a loving parent
or the makeup covered scars
of your neighbor’s adorable wife
or perhaps you would prefer
some blues
to help you see
the deep stench of misery
of a ragged homeless person
or a flag caressing a parent’s coffin 
while small hands are left behind
whatever you choose
please tell me the key
so as to unlock
the heart within you

slideshow…

background sound
the circle game
swipe right
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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