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The first time America broke my heart was at an anti nuclear demonstration at the democratic national convention in 1980. I was seventeen years old. We had a permit tot march through the Yippies (yip, yip yippie!). We were on Broadway and a woman name Ruth, who was clearly 7 or 8 months pregnant, was singled out by two police officers, I was standing right there, and they singled her out, they cal...led an expectant mother they did not know a whore, and they began to beat her with their billy clubs. I grab a large metal garbage can and threw it at them and an officer went for me. I was grabbed by friends from behind and pushed to the back of the crowd. It was the first time that I saw the police as dangerously unsuited for community policing. I was, quite literally in tears.
Our ability to self govern has lately been under attack by the right wing. Every time you hear the words that our government is the source of our problems, or stealing your money through taxes, you are hearing an American citizen tell you that we as a nation are unable to govern ourselves, indeed unsuited for self governance. Given that their solution seems to be that we should give up the idea entirely. The recent murder of a teenager of color in Misery, uh, Missouri highlights the fact that we have not been self governing or self policing our nation in some time.
In New York city it is a requirement that firefighters live in New York city. They live in the city they protect. The police force in that Misery, uh Missouri (Missouri loves company) town was an occupying force of white faces in a community where whites are quite the minority. That is a glaring red flare to problems within the community. How can you have a police force that represents the safety of a community not reflect the cultural diversity of that community? How can you "protect and serve" when you are not part of the community. How can you protect and serve when you see yourselves as a target of evil drug dealers, possible terrorists, or at least, belligerent and grudging populace who resents and fears your presence alone?
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I understand futility
and creeping silence
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Prayer is hubris
that your desires
are germaine
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Dark
by david m myles
I have walked the city at night
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To endless night return
together we go alone
and no fate denies
empty lifeless eyes
moving endless stream
flows within our hearts
the need to feed 
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Are you comfortable
there in your cage?
The defining characteristic
of a cage is whether
or not you can leave.
Can you?
Who owns your home?
Who owns your car?
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Recent experience has pointed out to me
that I am a singularly unattractive man.
Ugly not only in aspect but apparently
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You look down 
at the infant in
your arms
warmth against 
your breast as
she takes sustenance 
and you are 
in return
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"Do you make any money with poetry?"

"Nah man. I am just happy to
get that sh*t out of my head."
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I am mostly out of habit
without thought opening
my eyes every morning
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