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spacer.gif   Arlene Zide
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 03:32 PM
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YOU WILL NOT BE SAVED

(for Jackie A., and the children in the Federal Building, Oklahoma City


when the bomb urged over the radio
goes off. People will really
die.

The acrylic tv blood will spatter the concrete
even the mauve silk of the office wall;
a small finger will turn up
in the rubble of vitriol.

The rush
to the gun store, the ammunition,
those grievances of your numb existence,
this only life before your eyes, a flashing sunset.
you won't be saved.
Chances are
your name reveals
your peasant granny, the greasy coal dust grin of your great-grampa
as he stands arms around his chums, gaping
hole of the mine behind them.
Swedish salt sea, potato field, olive grove or paddy, the weeder
in your brown hand, or broom
in a Warsaw/Nagasaki street
your carefully cultivated educated speech and conservative modern clothing.
Not even the negro-colored-black-African-
American self you reinvent each erA
will save you.
None of them will save you.
Someone
will find you
wanting, will build barbed wire cages,
concentrate
on methodology, better ways
to cleanse his land
of the impure,
foreign devil in you.
He and his pals won't like
your face, the way you say your vowels
will offend them Brit or Irish, Hutu or Tutsi, Serb of Croat
Turk or Armenian, Hindu or Muslim, Arab or Jew,
Catholic or Buddhist,
Redskin, Gook, German or Gypsy

They know who you are &
They're coming to get you.

You will not be saved.



I, Too

The famous poet
speaks of strawberries --
how he rejoices in them
and the sensuous
bodies of women,

and is praised.

I too can find pleasure
in fruit,
the purple-tongued, juicy
blueberries of a Catskill summer
picking their memories from the high field bushes
acid, longingly sweet
our women's/girls' bodies
sunlit, warm.

(this poem first appeared in Rattapallax)



BUMPER STICKERS

for PAM MILLER

Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

Abortion stops a beating heart.
Fundamentalism stops a thinking mind.
Misogyny stops here.
Say yes to life.
Just say no.
Just say no to sex with 'pro-lifers.'

Life what a beautiful choice!
Choice what a beautiful right!
Whose body is it, anyway?

Baby on board
Puppy on board
Kitten on board
Woman losing her mind on board!
I brake for small animals.
I brake for small children, bikers, joggers, turtles,
frogs and whales.
I brake for butterflies.

If you can read this, honk for Jesus.
If you can read this, honk for Elvis.
If you can read this, you're too damn close!

No pain, no gain.
No justice, no peace.
Free Tibet.
Free Willy.
Free us from pantyhose and wet bathing suits.
Visualize world peace.
Visualize whirled peas.
Question authority.
Question reality.
Don't believe EVERYTHING you think.

Born Again!
Born OK, the first time.
Let go and let God.
Let go and give a woman a chance.
Behind every great man ...
Behind every great woman is a man who takes all the credit.
God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
Eve was framed.
Hatred is NOT a family value.
God, save me from your followers.
Freedom of religion means ANY religion.
The last time we mixed politics and religion people got burned at the stake!
God is coming, are you ready?
God is coming, and is She pissed!

 
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