Thursday, March 5, 2020

John Sweet writes

heart of clay, sins of blood

in these murdered
days of silent grace

beneath the blind light of
some beggar’s sun

gotta find jobs for the
children with their
hands cut off

gotta dig graves
for their parents

do you see how it is?

you stop the war
before it can begin by
killing your enemies in
their sleep

you laugh at
disraeli’s ghost and
at nehru’s

your motto for the future
because bravery is easy
when the gun is pointed
at someone else

the sound of god is
louder than you’d imagine
but is still drowned out
by the screams of all
the ones he refuses to save
and laughter is laughter
i guess
no matter whose
expense it comes at

and the junkie nurse
smiles at this of course
but she smiles at

she says sunflowers will
grow from the corpses
just like
dorothea promised

says the name is less
important than
the living flesh its
written on and then the
roof collapses beneath
the weight of the sky

all of us crushed by
the iridescent weight of
such bittersweet joy

1 comment:

  1. Benjamin Disraeli was a Conservative politician who served as British prime minister in 1868 and again from 1874-1880. From 1826, when he published "Vivian Grey," he was also a major novelist. His last (16th) finished novel, "Endymion" (1880) came out a year before his death at 76, and the incomplete "Falconet" was published in 1881. He established his party as the representatives of the working classes (as opposed to the Liberals, who represented the urban elite) and as the party of aggressive imperialism.

    Jawaharlal Nehru was the 1st prime minister of India (1947-1964) and, as the pre-independence leader of the Congress Party, is regarded as that nation's architect. He oversaw India's transition from a colony to a republic, while nurturing a plural, multi-party system, and took a leading role in the Non-Aligned Movement while projecting India as a regional hegemon in South Asia.


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