Industry and progress wait their turn on Death row; medicine to cure the globe expires
The call-to-arms, yet rallies cry for green.
The death of knowledge must be met with ire;
Enlightened masses speak collective truth.
Hypotheses built shakily on lies,
These ill-conceived refusals condemn youth
To dwindling nature and its gas-choked skies!
Demand for reverence for facts unites
The physicists and priests alike. Unjust,
To kill all hope to grow a jobs sound bite.
The grassroots grow wherever causes must.
Denying evidence for bottom lines
Will make us all canaries in the mine.
Above all curiosities of the day
One reigned supreme from June to January.
His preposterous claims and hair passe
Held viewers captive with hilarity.
A country plagued by disbelief upon
Election night’s astonishing results.
The verdict, a national phenomenon,
Favored a business man hurling insults.
Indignation rose among the oppressed.
United by a common enemy
To rise above cruel factions in protest
Rather than sulking in despondency.
Now bans and walls exclude minorities
And those surrounded tire of their worries.
Why is it that shadows of history,
Cast long over a life, or lives, loom large
As if propelled by torchlight of sisters
Unseen, still shining with utopia’s charge?
The marchers of this year alone exceed
The way we count, the footsteps and the voices
Too many to recall, and still I need,
I’m forced, empowered now by them, to think—
When did we fall into a history book?
The distant tales—division, unrest, peace—
Revived—they weigh much heavier than they look,
Batons from yesterdays we thought we’d passed.
While of the past’s stories we avail ourselves,
Will we turn cautionary tales ourselves?
Downtown today, events went on as usual.
The personal effects of absent men
Collected, curbed by rain into a casual
And filthy pile. Some ends of business, then.
The pleasure of the march we staged was song
And shouts–for immigrants, for some of us
A trip imagined of our parents, long
Ago or just last week washed up on shores.
And farther down, in districts where the river Deposits gold, the crowds came out tonight For art, for personal affects, for livers Who sold a mess of garbage, smut, and light.
I walked right through the flotsam—poor, then rich—
For cause, for sale. It all went, life’s a ditch.
As we who strive and fight for rights
Speak up and out against others types,
Those who live in a time that’s passed
Are called outrated, outdated, and hated.
Discriminators fight each other—cold
Disgust for what the other’s values hold.
Do two wrongs in this case make a right?
Or’s this merely a retroactive fight?
Protesters insult the other party
Doing the the same which they wholeheartedly
Condemn, forbid, forbode, defensive mode—
A series of chess moves with uncrackable code!
Both sides resist, reality persists
Which’s better, formed words or fists in fists?
His trumpet tweets: the judges’ transgressions!
My noise will live beyond this courtly cadence!
Repeated notes in all the same progressions:
Insults—fake news—the Wall—terrorists—Pence!
The judges’ cymbals clang against this canon,
Whose harsh beat tries again to split and banish;
Injunctions clap down, halting citizens’ panic,
As workers, migrants, students cease to vanish.
Through atonal commotion drums new thunder
Distracting from the belting trumpet’s croons,
The sounds of marching feet respond to blunders,
Demanding different rhythms, different tunes.
The audience, distressed, hears from these marchers,
Freedom’s music, and harmony’s departure.
—LDS, PTL, ERP
A crowd’s seen from above. It can’t be known
By man or agency. The satellites
Will serve, but only on clear days. A clown,
A cloud, a clone, a clod, the natural rights
Of things are none, except as met up close.
I march among some hundred thousand, each
As fresh in blood, and flesh of mud, as those
Who first were made, or born, or creeped
From shouting earth. And shouting all together,
In sisterhood, in concert, in our signs,
We sound, at most, like history, or weather,
Like pebbles in the wash, or sand in lines.
So why, while winds make waves of us, and ends,
Do I, no less, find face, to face, again?