A malnourished Somali child is wrapped in an American "Stars and Stripes" cloth at a therapeutic feeding center at Dagahaley camp

“I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. . .so help me God.” – United States Oath of Allegiance


Domestic Enemies

Hands washing hand
over hearts saluting a flag
hiding busted leather knuckles.

Hand over hand
hoisting domestic violence to new heights
Calling patriotism picking strange fruit.

No one washes the feet of Jesus anymore
9mm sin and shame
revisiting ropes and shackles.

The middle passage continues
internment masquerades as prison
privilege divining men and women as morsels.

Waiting for the next coming of Christ
and the 2nd civil rights movement
in redlined skyscrapers and subdivisions.

The 2nd act played
they’ve moved to bobbing for apples
and applesauce.

And you, Brutus
one of the domestic enemies
swaddled in blue.

Agreed officers are overseers
of the good public
slaying myths, beasts and colored people.

We fix blame as always
not children of Ham
proved by cranial cavity.

You call it home
tombstones the prominent monument
unmarked graves the foundation.

  • CZVasser

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