The Silent Killer

Everywhere I went rape was the silent killer. But it became quickly clear to me that these women were not just the collateral damage of war. Rape was a strategic, organized, scheme to destroy entire communities.

–Angelina Jolie on working with the U.N, from Glamour’s The Guardian Angels article.

We Will Not Be Moved

For a long time,

the Spanish youth occupied public squares in every city across Spain. They

fought for jobs, civil rights, democracy, and a chance to be 

heard.

I dedicate this poem to my friends and their cause

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The sounds of revolutionary cries outside the window

I can hear as clear as the morning after a storm

 We’re in the thick of it now

Slow boiling, like a pot on the stove

The buzzing of a hundred tongues chanting as one

We Will Not Be Moved No vamos No mudamos

Speaker phones blare the message to the world

Silent firecracker waiting to explode into an idea

A movement is beginning to bubble up

as quickly as the tents we set up for the sit-ins

listen to the sizzle of the sun on our concrete bedrooms

the beads of sweat roll down faces enthralled with a sense of injustice

We Will Not Be Moved

Rings true in the songs, in our laughter, in the words sprawled on the walls

In the secrets whispered in the halls

Did you hear the message, the message, did you hear?

Under one cause we have banded

We’re in the thicket of protest against unemployment

For social liberties, for rights

We thirst for freedoms we were promised

Living in the plaza square,

we have let our labors soak into the ground our bare bodies sleep on in unison

smell the stench of determination

hopefully our hope will change them

let them see that we are here

and we will not be moved.

June 26, 2011  Spain

Question?

The real question is

Propaganda and lies

Mirror cross burning cries

On the executive Black House lawn

I sip surreptitious agenda in the morning breeze

Ponder the message it brings

Celebrate the death of those long dead

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Congratulate the Head of State

?

Nah

State the nature of these endeavors

Distraction of the masses in the form of resurrection

?

Where are the photos of victims still scraping their lives off the side of the road

Vicious tornadoes

Egyptian foes refuse to let go

Japan’s nuclear blow

Forgotten Haitian and New Orleans homes

Chillean earthquakes in

Backlash of civil wars that riddle the sub-Sahara

The truth slips through the back door along with escaped slaves and hope

I’ll dine with all three

And anticipate

Tomorrow’s already written news report