‘…AS YOU ARE I AM TOO – BE FOR ME BABY I’LL BE FOR YOU – EVERYTHING ELSE IS AN ILLUSION…’

MAGNITUDE

FALL 2014

I am a human being with a head full of poetry
That mostly lies tangled in a knot
Everyday I pray to God
“Please! Help me straighten something out!”
But he won’t

There’s a mom in Ferguson, South L.A., Baltimore, Israel, Palestine
Each crying for a child that’s gone
Murdered by a viciousness that is an ugly part of us
That we won’t own

I cut out paper dolls – blue for the boys, green for the girls
Each doll marks a child that’s dead
As I try to grasp the magnitude of something that I didn’t do
Or maybe I did

It’s easy to forget just what the purpose is
And pretend we never knew
We betray innocence and fall for handsome ruthlessness
And his deadly kiss

Young Michael Brown is dead, a bullet hole through his head
His body left lying in the street
And as the sun dries his blood in the shape of things to come
I turn my head and I weep

I’m just a human being with a head full of poetry
That mostly lies tangled in a knot
Everyday I pray to God
“Please! Help me straighten something out!”
But he won’t

No, he won’t