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Damage


Tectonic plates slip

Cement liquifies

Buildings implode

Thousands perish

Tens of thousands

Refugees, cold, weary, hungry

Dazed, wandering


Death machines rumble

Missiles fly, bombs explode

Buildings implode

Thousands perish

Tens of thousands

Refugees, cold, weary, hungry

Dazed, wandering


Poisoned by supremist ideology

Awash with weapons of war

They seek to destroy the

Majority Black Monumental City

As if slavery, Jim Crow, convict leasing,

And redlining racism have not already

Inflicted wounds enough


An entire political movement

Espoused by millions built on

Blatant lies, purposeful disinformation

Heaps hatred on queers, women,

Immigrants, persons of color,

Moslems and Jews

Its goal: extermination


The homeless huddle in doorways

The asylum seekers press against fences

The incarcerated gaze from cages

The insane stare in fear

The ill are dehumanized

The dying die alone

Gamblers gamble on games


A marriage betrayed

Bairns deeply wounded

A child lies long in the dust

The bullet that pieced his skull

Cold, at rest with his bones,

As a repentant betrayer

Wanders dazed through life


Creation groans in agony

The earth chokes, coughs, melts

Plastic fills the seas

Catastrophic storms bury cities

Land stolen from its stewards

Lies impotent among

Lakes of death


Creator comes with severe mercy

Destroying what destroys

Annihilating egos

Transforming hearts to

Courageously love

And by so doing,

Repair the damage

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