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What the Assassins Know

Martin and Malcolm and Bobby and Jack.

You still hear their echoes inside of books.

Heroes are killed, and they never come back.


Stepped to the front and took lead of the pack.

Out of the valley and onto the brooks.

Martin and Malcolm and Bobby and Jack.


Believed in defense, but not first attack,

avoiding the jabs, the crosses and hooks.

Bullets kill heroes, and they never come back.


Tried to save Rome from the sieve and the sack,

warning the people of liars and crooks.

Martin and Malcolm and Bobby and Jack.


Were placed center stage and then on the rack;

received with suspicions and sideways looks.

Villains kill heroes, and they never come back.


Their efforts and names are fading to black,

for whatever they said has been mistook.

Martin and Malcolm and Bobby and Jack.

People kill heroes, then they want them back.


Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2016. All rights reserved.

To Expand the Republican Tent

Stop calling people you don’t like thugs.

Stop beating on unions and workers.


Stop saying shit like,

…..“the good old days”

…..“traditional America”

…..“real Patriots”

…..“leeches and parasites”

…..“free condoms”


Stop putting the words

“rape” and “incest” and

“god” and “abortion”

in any combination,

in the same sentence,

anywhere, anytime.


Stop thinking of white picket fences

or white bread or white rice.


Stop thinking of brown people

as white elephants.


Stop thinking that history

is only Greece and Rome

and Jews and Christ

the Renaissance

Chris Columbus

Plymouth Rock

The War of 1776

the Civil War

WWs I & II










Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2012. All rights reserved.

For those that come tomorrow

haverhill march

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.

This poem was written for the May 9th community event in Haverhill, MA. I want to thank Haverhill V.I.P. for inviting me to their 3rd annual march for a safer, more positive Haverhill. It was a wonderful show of solidarity and an example of self empowerment.