Tag Archives: violence

If We Fail

~~~~~ Who will we be if we fail to remember The evil we have committed over time? That’s not us we say, but we’re wrong. Angry mob descended from kidnappers Angry mob descended from murderers. A people who thought slavery their due. A people who knew genocide their right. A people who turn a blind […]

The Eye We Turn

~~~~~ I speak my disquiet to the concrete and the glass And every other person who, on the lane, I pass. Tell it to the trees, the birds, every blade of grass; Officials rarely listen; so I tell each lad and lass. Nothing came from my dismal, despairing cries. Teargas, flashbangs, falling down from the […]

If We Were to Cease

If We Were to Cease ~~~~~ 1816 I feel the fool tonight, though certain      I hope we will crush in its birth My words, sentiments echo      The aristocracy of our moneyed corporations Statesmen, leaders long dead      Which dare already to challenge Why should now be otherwise      Our government to a trial […]

Silently Across the Night

Silently Across the Night ~~~~~ Moving silently across the night-dark earth, Fires burn ever, Fluttering banners, gold and red, to mark the dead, Ever brighter, Projected onto shifting smoke, Ever hotter. An ever-changing, tattered screen, white, gray, black, Consuming all. No animal, no insect, no blade of grass remains For eyes to see. Glimpses through […]

What Would You Do?

What Would You Do? ~~~~~ When my father told me, late in life, His regret he’d never gone to Spain. Might as well have said, play the fife. I wish I’d have asked him to explain. I think it had to do with the romance, an odd allure of the revolution there. Told as if […]

IMMODEST PROPOSAL  

IMMODEST PROPOSAL   ~~~~~ I have vowed to mark this tragic date by offering my Immodest Proposal until we come to our senses regarding gun violence. Unfortunately, I may have to post this the rest of my life.   An IMMODEST PROPOSAL   For Preventing the Poor Children of the People of the United States of America From Being […]

Desist and Cease

Desist and Cease ~~~~~ Have you seen that picture of the barr where his lips are all askew? Is this pose meant to confuse you? One side is pushed up quite far. the other drooping down deep, It’s a smile and frown; what the bleep? He has his big, pudgy thumb pressed into his chubby […]

Can You?

Can You? ~~~~~ Life might seem like endless chores; Some say better than heavenly choirs. You would have to live on love alone, Unless endless singing helps to atone. It’s all made up, no matter your belief. Can you find solace in another’s grief? Because, if my faith right, yours is not, Such a sad […]

Near but Far from Home

Near but Far from Home ~~~~~ Out for a day, near but far from home, Where do you think this child might roam? Hither, thither and even yon, What might I chance upon? A mighty tree, With children at play, becomes a tower, Though it changes by the hour. A hidden trail beneath a massive […]

Just How It Goes

Just How It Goes ~~~~~ I’m an old white guy, I shouldn’t rap. If I even try, They’ll call it crap. But I am troubled, In every way. My stress is doubled, On every day. Terror and fright On the news, Each and every night, But not my views. Toil and strife, It creeps inside […]