Centenary

BART Station Bard

I know you’re angry.
So am I.
How could we not be?
Children ripped from their parents,
Concentration camps in Texas.
“I can’t breathe”
“I remember their laughter”
A child-man throwing ugly decrees from his high chair.

But from a high shelf in Europe come watercolor images a century on.
French families fleeing destruction.
Children starving in Yemen.
Corpses of trees standing witness as men follow orders into death.
As we follow our leaders.

They know who we need to hate.
In front of City Hall we are led in chants.
We know the story.
Our indignation gives us the right to hate.
We have worked so hard, but They stole our votes, our climate, our lives.
We will make them pay!
We will come here every night if necessary!
Bearing placards, twisted pictures of an uncrowned King.
A piñata we can beat to death
Until we get our hands…

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3 thoughts on “Centenary

  1. Stunning! You’ve captured the essence and the feelings we – those of us who are rational and compassionate – all feel. With your permission, I’d like to post this on “The BeZine” thebezine.com blog along with photo and bio. If that works for you,please send the link to this along with bio and photo to me at bardgogroup@gmail.com

    Thank you!

    (Didn’t know you were a neighbor, by the way. I’m near Bart in Redwood City.)

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