as you were…

 

it’s
a free market
those children
torn
from
their parents’ arms
are
commodities
made in
the
usa
an
adoption bonanza
for
sex slave dealers
a business
only
interrupted
briefly
by
public outrage
but
the media’s
gone
and
public concern
is
on
monday night football
so
dealers
as you were
did anyone
really care
about
those black children
murdered
by
the police
when
even
the president
says
he could kill someone
and
the american public
would
forgive
and
forget
no doubt
with the claim
of
fake news
so
officers
as you were
oh
and
mentioning denials
have you heard
the one about
where 15 saudi assassins
enter a consulate
and
only
they
come out
saying
what murder
but
they have no fear
for
the path was clearly
outlined
by
the us president
whose
outrage
over the event
has lasted
as long as
his tweets
so
assassins
as you were
and
one cannot
have such a verse
without
mentioning
for
you to forget
the
weekly
target practice
israeli soldiers
take
on
palestinian children
world outrage
with
a flurry of words
but
in the end
soldiers
as you were
should
i
mention
starving children
here
and
abroad
diseased ravaged bodies
from
war
and
natural worldwide disasters
oh
probably not
your
favorite
podcast
or
roman colosseum type event
is
certainly
due to begin
so
as you were

 

 

“As you were” is a standard military command. It means, literally, “[return] to your previous posture”.

body count…

 

if
all the people
in
san diego
and
chicago
were
to die
of
the excruciating pain
of
starvation
it would equal
the number
of
children
dying
in
yemen’s
war
due
to
inhumane
brutality

 

diagnosis…

diagnosis

without
sanity
one
would let
children die
while
political debates
raged
about what to do
without
sanity
the world
would avoid
giving aid
to those in need
in lieu of
lottery tickets
without
sanity
a government
would send its children
off to war
while corporations
profit
from their deaths
without
sanity
yes
without
sanity

oh please don’t be late…

copyright cwmartin 2012

go ahead
barricade
the last
surviving remnants
of your soul
behind walls
of psychic blindness
you don’t need
to do
anything
for
those children
little street urchins
begging for food
children left out
of your
comfort zone
since
you can’t
won’t
see them
go ahead
do
nothing
finish that latte
and
worry about
whether
or not
the train
will be
on time
you don’t want
to miss another
televised
football pundit’s
prediction
go ahead
do
nothing

haka…

digital decoupage cwmartin 2011

there is still
salt
in these tears
tho
cameras
no longer run
and
satellite crews
have long
moved on
to the next
suitable
nielsen site
these tears
of orphans
still
have salt
in them

you needn’t worry…

copyright cwmartin 2011

it will not
change
your day
if another child
dies today
it will not
change
your day
when a child
is raped
or
sold as a slave
no
it will not
change
your day
if you do
nothing
but
your soul
shall
change

a public service annoucement…

modified google image

the following poem
contains graphic
references to
children
being abused
and
dying
because of neglect
you may
wish to
turn away
or surf over to
the three-hour
results show of
dancing
with the stars
or
any one
of a number
of mind-numbing programs
but
the children
will still be there
waiting in full view
just outside your door
so it is recommended
that you stay
indoors
for the duration
it shouldn’t
be too long
since
they’re
already
starving

adephagia’s diner…

 

just a second honey
let me clear this table for you
we just get so busy
right after church
i tell you
those last folks
ordered so much food
you’d think sherman’s army
was joining them for lunch
‘course
you can see that
by all the stuff left on this table
child
i bet they never heard
that old thing ’bout
starving children in china
course now days
it’s starving families
around the corner
well in some cases
on the corner
with
t h o s e
signs
it’s a good thing
our owner
sends these leftovers to the hog farm
otherwise
this would be
a
h o r r i b l e
waste
don’t you think so
now dear
what can i
get for
you