the game of kings…

the game of kings

an
augmented reality
game
that uses
devices
devices
that overlay
the virtual experiences
of
kings
on top
of
the real
world
played
on
a multidimensional board
with
glass layers
each layer
containing game pieces
and
each side
representing
one
of the four corners
of
the world
the objective
is
to eventually
dominate
the whole world
through
power and wealth
kings
sit on the top layer
and
may move in any direction
but
cannot be viewed
by
any piece
at any level
thus
device screens
do not reveal
the location
of
any given king
kings
only determine
another king’s moves
by
the resulting effects
at
lower levels
the second level
is called
the legislative pitch
set with
ornately decorated
hollow pieces
that move
in
any direction
depending
on the ante
the king has made
for
any given piece
at
that level
however
antes
may be
secretly
made by other kings
thereby
altering
the movements
of
these mercenary pieces
the third lowest
level
holds a class
of
pieces
in the middle of
the game’s
social hierarchy
including
defenders
of
the crown
or
some
religious
or
political dogma
most importantly
this layer
contains
some queens
that when
properly moved
may be
to sacrificed
to
replace
more pieces
for
this layer
or
the lowest level
the lowest level
is comprised
of
what one could call
peasant pieces
used
to
develop wealth
for
the kings
and
are generally
considered by players
as
replaceable
as
for
the specific
rules
of engagement
they are
quite simple
win
at
any cost

whose god…

Art by Ever Fonseca Cerviño

generally
the brown bag prophet
avoids
arguments
with
religious disciples
stating
that
beliefs cannot be verified
otherwise
they’d be
facts
and
given beliefs
require
personal acceptance
arguments
over beliefs
constitute
shadow boxing
but
yesterday
the prophet
was cornered
by a zealot
promoting
byzantine abortion laws
who spewed
religious text
that demonized
a woman’s right
to have possession
of her own body
saying
his scriptures
were provided
via
divine inspiration
from
god
when finally
given an opportunity
to speak
the brown bag prophet
said
i’ve read
there are
320 million gods
in the world
does your position
represent
a majority vote
or
someone
just
on
some bad drugs

where’s the world court when we need them…

From: The Woman Citizen 1926

From: The Woman Citizen 1926

aunt bea
was in her garage
rummaging around
when i stopped by
to see
how she was faring
i asked
aunt bea
is there something
you
need
to find
she said
given the recent
political decisions
by the us supreme court
i need to find
my american version
of a burka
as well as
your great grandmother’s
signs supporting
women’s suffrage
i may just
add a note
reminding
that
group of men
that
they
can be
cut-off from
what drives
their
egos

rancid domination…

rancid domination

snarling beasts circle
prey had sought sanctuary
none was to be found

none was to be found
from her family’s anger
mother and child dead

mother and child dead
because she chose her true love
over family’s pride

over family’s pride
the dead will not rise to love
nor forgive their sins

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

a modesty proposal…

digital decoupage cwmartin

after
watching
some
news 
on my ipad
aunt bea
said
i
was
just thinking
that
all those folks
attempting
to impose
their values
and rules
of engagement
for rapped women
should be
given
the opportunity
to
experience it
first hand
you know
place some
lockstep senator
or
book brandishing
pseudo-religious type
in stir
putting the name
sweet cheeks
on their prison garb
and then
placing them
amongst the flock
of
inmate philosophers
and
sex craved angels
and
wait
a couple
of months
or so
and
then
see how
they feel
about
rape

easier to teach twenty…

Image by Arnold Genthe, N.Y. appeared in 'The Woman Citizen' October 1926

a woman
standing alone
listening to
prefabricated values
from
a society
that has died
long ago
these laws
are
artifacts
of
the good old days
when
women
were possession
not like the women
who saved a nation
working
in the factories
during testosterone wars
or
the ones
who fought for freedom
while riot police
tore away their clothes
but you
with your
religious text
in hand
deny
the adultery of words
with actions
clinging to your
old mythical morality
while wearing those
puritanical white sheets
stained
with martyr’s blood

international women’s day…

"The Child Shall Be First" - a mural by Peppino Mangravite (fragment)

the day
of recognition
is over
so it’s back
to abuse
as usual
today
a woman
from kosovo
will be kidnapped
from the street
to become
the bride
of a man
she barely knows
you needn’t worry though
it’s the way
things have
always
been
a daughter
will have acid
thrown in her face
by a rejected
iranian suitor
just another
local custom
you needn’t worry
women
will be vilified
for daring
to propose
that their bodies
are theirs
and not
the property
of
the state
you needn’t worry though
it’s the way
things have
always
been
oh
the list
could go on
but i
only
have
today

her tangled hope…

digital decoupage cwmartin 2012

there
are fears
woven into those
tightly braided strains
of hope
for this new day
strains
still moist
from
early morning tears
tears
that arrived
long
before the sun
could warm her face
a face
resting on a pillow
with noxious memories
of a stranger’s grasp
a cold hand
in the night
the unshaven face
against hers
a blade
against the throat
and then
only
the pain