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  237.     

Lightning From The Genome

99.9% of our genes are identical
One human to another
What difference, then is
One-tenth of a percent?
Enough to justify
Hatred, jealousy, contempt
War?
In one-tenth of one percent
We lodge the miseries of the
Human race
Proclaim ourselves better and
Best
Conquer and divide
According to divine rights of
A primitive mind
Unable to distinguish
Reason from insanity.
 
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  238.     

Look Twice

What do you allow to enter your life
And what do you refuse to admit?
These are the choices that make you
Complete or incomplete being
That you are
The response ability
Is all yours

Call it fate
Call it chance
Call it God

The calling is inevitably
On some level conscious
Call it what you will
It must be called into account
In any assessment of who you are.


(Previously published in Quill and Ink Press, Vol 1 Issue 1, Oct 2003)
 
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  239.     

Lost Child

The child rocks back and forth
Shivering in the bleak night of a third-world winter
A blanket full of holes
Maggots crawling in the bedsheets
Her bony limbs contorted ‘round her breast
Scant defenders against the onslaught of the wind.

You will not hear her crying
You will not see her tears
Half a world away is easy to ignore
But the heart knows
What governments and egos and wallets must deny.

The snow falls with the relentlessness of Time
Claiming the lives of the helpless and abandoned
But the death of an innocent
Cannot be easily buried in the conscience of Man
Choices must be made
But who has the courage to touch the suffering?


(Previously published in The Oracular Tree, June 2000; Twins, Issue 12,2001)
 
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  240.     

Lost Masterpiece

Michelangelo
Was born black in 20th century America.

He was a shoeshine boy and a waiter
A garbage man and a handyman

A store clerk and a construction worker.
In fact, he spent so much time surviving

He barely had time for his art.
He died when he was 50.

And no one ever heard of him again.


(Previously published in The Inditer, March 2000)
 
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