Five Hundred Thousand

dddThe top half million most troublesome Americans
Blacklisted?
Can’t get connected jobs
Or rent in a new city
The Man likes to keep tabs on us, ruin our lives.
WE WRITE POEMS, CREATE ART, WAIT TABLES
WORK IN UNIONS, HAVE MENTAL ILLNESSES, POLITICAL INCLINATIONS
Is this so?
WE ARE DEMOCRATS & REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS & DISILLUSIONED
What we are not is *Nebbishes
We are not nothing
We are not cogs in the machine
We may be ground to dust by *some machine
But we are no cogs
Not in any machine we dislike
We have our own Philosophies
We cannot be threatened or bribed into compliance
We never approve of or cooperate with blacklists
We are not rational
But no man, woman or child was ever rational
WE MAKE ART, MUSIC, WORK CONVENIENCE STORES, POLICE BEATS
We are smart, we are dumb, we are patient, we are impulsive
We are not all things to all people
We may be poor liars or adept
We want to live; We also want right in the world
But not at any cost to freedom
We are powerful and weak
The oppression of a half million
Is a certain crippling blow to the economy
Free all the prisoners. Your local pigs (or ours) are sufficient
For all deformed visions (except yours & other fascists)
The oppression of any – is a mortal wound
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Subversive things thinking up to say to your children
– Such as that Satan brings their Christmas presents
It would make an interesting cartoon

cjh

of uncertain virtues

filtered war ware
clear driving into the hell sequence
quitting once and for all, never again
clear it the wires and waves unrelenting
silence beating, pounding like a drum
shine it, shine it out at the gathered mass
of cameras
silence
silence is golden
untimely speaech may be untimely
let it not be
working the silence i do not know
where are they and what have they done?
i cannot say
one hopes to, as the i ching says,
be free of mistakes
let not the oppressor do their own work
the surveillers presumably come more to the side
of the surveilled, rather than
the imperious dispensers of orders
where are the warriors
when the difference is merely ideological
not forcefully enforced
and yet my verse stumbles – on these sharp rocks
worrying the errant
clumsy words spill
the point has become heavy handed
release me from this bullshit
so i can write again
the hammer of the Civil Liberties Union is in reserve
should i ever find the proof

Poem and Protest

Dripping chill rain darkens afternoon

Etheric birds hearken, in the absence of real ones

Have yet to manage a crow’s portrait

add to the interminable list

Hanging in official limbo –

Or charging resolutely forward to your own indices

Let it ride on red – One step

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I missed this: https://thedaywefightback.org/

However, you can still do it and add it to your blog; (it’s about two clicks in dashboard > settings)

Against mass surveillance.

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So far 16 summer archives. I think that’s all for this book. May be some other lying about. They’re scheduled to come out in the next few days. That scheduling function has much simplified things for me (mostly in intangible ways)