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our enemies may not come at us in planes

they may come in limousines

our enemies may not come at us wearing sheets

they may come in pin striped suits and cowboy boots

our enemies may not come at us to push their weed or mushroom caps

they may come with pretty pills with tested names like prozac

our enemies may not come at us at knifepoint to steal from our pockets

they may come electronically to take our life savings

our enemies may not come at us to share a drink or toke

they may come to lock you up for moonshine or smoking

our enemies may not come at us speaking little English

they may come unaware that they put a little English on everything

our enemies may not come at us when we’re not looking

they may come in daylight with papers from the state

our enemies may not come at us from outside

they may come from the room next door.

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2011. All rights reserved.

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one of these guys2

 So freedom of speech and ideas is okay, but “crazy”, “radical” freedom of speech and ideas is not … unless it’s religious?

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Now that the captain

has been freed from the pirates

everyone walking out of church

on their way to Easter brunch

will hear the story and swear

their prayers and yellow ribbons

had something to do with

his release.

I am pretty sure the pirates

have a god they pray to, too

and back at their Somali bases

everyone hearing of the lost captain

will listen and be thankful

that their prayers and deep submission

has allowed them to keep

200 other captives.

 

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financial-mess

Political cartoon inspired by Time’s story “25 people to blame for the financial crisis“.

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(before the reverend arrived)

Cause this is when things
     can turn ugly…

.

200 laid off equines

from the republic

of windows and doors

took over the building

as its closure

meant that their living

was leaving

without guaranteeing

their severance pay

would surely be made

in exactly the same way

that the corporate dogs

from the banks

got their scratch

from the pigs

who are running

this animal farm —

but you have to remember

the addendum, my brothers,

     not that we are equals,

     but that some “are more equal

               than others.”

 

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Tomorrow is overdue.

 

And it is not about just one man

but about what it means to be

an American in the world.

About how the story of America

is told in this next chapter

at the dawn of this millennium

near the close of its first decade.

In the end, all men are just metaphors

and history is the story that

we that we tell about ourselves.

 

Tomorrow is overdue.

 

And it is not about Ayers

who was a young radical

at war with his country

for sending his classmates to war.

Today there are 53,000

names etched in stone

he believed he was fighting for.

 

Tomorrow is overdue.

 

Because black is connected to white

is connected to red is connected to yellow

is connected to brown is connected to

every shade of human being ever made

in the world at every time in history

from every crevice on the planet

that made a survivor that found their

way here.

 

Tomorrow is overdue.

 

And it is not about Reverend Wright

who was an old radical

still spitting out the kind of hate

he lived through as a boy, a young man

the hate he still felt as a

second-class citizen

even after he had worn

the uniform of his country –

they wouldn’t let him stop being black.

 

Tomorrow is overdue.

 

Because what makes this country great

is the way keep correcting our mistakes

and forging forth, unbalanced but self-

assured that we are a nation of principles

that guide the people, and not a mob

of guileless fools who are uncertain

of how we got here in the first place.

 

Tomorrow is overdue.

 

And it is not about Tony Rezko

who is not a radical at all

but just a typical scumbag

with lots of money and the kind

of smile and handshake, wink, nod

and pull of strings that has

sleazed its way into everything

that’s wrong with how we

have allowed money to mean

the bottom line, the American way.

 

Tomorrow is overdue.

 

Because Kenya is connected to Kansas

in America; no matter what

the corporations tell you as

they make you cower in your

stars and stripes, anger you into fighting

for the jobs they ship overseas

or pay to the poorest and

newest arrivals, who are made

to hide in the shadows.

 

Tomorrow is overdue,

but when tomorrow comes,

the rest is up to you.

 

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