Lost Lessons of History

Silence
impenetrable
round gather the flock
intent
keeping secrets
keeping truths
hidden
for should the light shine down
should the reality be unveiled
destruction
repudiation of ideals
centuries in the teaching
spewing hatred
at those who are different
spewing disgust
at those whose voices are risen
in fear
in pain
in confusion…..
while paddles were implemented
boards hurt more than hands
cackle with evil delight
massacre the child
turn them all white…..
disgust churns
while voices rise in disbelief
shouting
louder than the silent cries
no wrong done…..
stand tall
scream your desperation
your flock shall fall.
Your sins will be painted
broad streaks of hate
against expanse of sky
bringing to light
darkest night
sins against all.
Time to tear down
to recreate
a theme
within which
religion has no place.
©Aug. 24/21
Picture is my own
My soul hurts.
More and more graves are being found.
Children are innocents.
They are not the bringers of destruction.
They are not the downfall of all society.
Angry words spoken
people on both sides
how to bring justice forth
when so many players are dead?
It is the institution
the ideology that taught these abuses as right.
Thou shall not commit murder.
The First of the Ten Commandment.
When none can follow the simplest of directives
none can be thought of as teacher.

History Repeats

Late to the party they  came
crashing the shorelines
razing beliefs
Mother Nature
harmony
all is one
one is all
poetry of the land and man.
Hands held out in friendship
slapped away
rebuked
‘nothing do you know
we are better
we are whiter
you are wrong
your gods are wrong
everything you have been taught
is wrong.’
Language stricken
bars of soap eaten
if heard the words of home
of comfort
ever spoken.
‘kneel now
before your better
acknowledge our god
as the only god
even as he condones the abuses
that you shall suffer
to earn his love.’
Braids removed
shorn like Samson
strength removed
through beatings
beratings
time and again
day
night
ever on
the tides never turned
no matter how many words…..
©June 27/21
Picture is my own