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- Richard Falk

Asphalt rain

darkens green fields


flares Amazon skies


Fake leaders slithering

toward real dangers

hither and yon

seek safe havens


Gated nations

hiding from truth

screaming ‘no’

migrants fleeing despair


Pleading ‘please’

hiding from evils

Aung San Suu Ky

defending genocide


This fallen Nobelist

broadcasting abroad

her deadly message

two centuries ago


Walt Whitman

arrived in our midst

singing aloud



Of America’s future

later lost to predators

seizing their loot

robbing the land


Turning dreams

to wilting flowers

our grief becomes

a betrayed destiny


Tainted at birth

natives driven

off their sacred land

of holy innocence


The trusted voice

of Toni Morrison

is gone not lost

if we listen


if we listen

if we listen


All not yet all

lost futureless

nested eggs contain

our only hope


Of what may yet come

of what to renounce

let’s start with gold

then learn not to hate

keep love joy truth


If we listen

if we listen

if we listen

first, then act.

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