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Thoughts & Prayers

You are in my thoughts for whatever it’s worth and I said a prayer for you today, though I can’t say anyone listened, they   never listen. I hope to Christ and Buddha and Marx and to the sharks and … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Read Rumi (Ode to Spring)

Before the vultures dine on another ancient civilization and cities become rubble lets break bread instead of bones   lets cleanse our palate and feast on the food of kings and queens, lets walk through smoke screens, and sit on … Continue reading

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Jump Ship/I Sailed With Columbus

“I Sailed With Columbus”  When I was eight years old, in 1992 I first learned about Christopher Columbus and I sang along with my class “In fourteen-hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and we drew pictures of him … Continue reading

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Elegy for Alaa Mashzoub

Blind assassins can’t erase your words, written in ink, can’t erase your message. Thirteen bullets and they think they have silenced you   but ink outlives blood, and paper weighs more than rock, and scissors, they can cut off your … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Blight

I am the shackles on the legs of history, the whip on the skin the smallpox on the blanket I am original sin.   I am the bullet that pierces the quiet night ignorant, I fly without rhyme or reason … Continue reading

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Eden

We will erase you, all proof that you existed. This is our Eden, our canvas, blank and ready to paint our roots where yours grew.   Your eyes might watch us from your prison cells and graves and tears you … Continue reading

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Ink on Paper

Characters might change from one chapter to the next but they’re in the book even if you don’t turn back ink on paper, they’re in there

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