downloadSome of the best times in my life happened while travelling around the land now known as North America with the Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe: Ananda Esteva, Josiah Luis-Alderete, Junebug, George Tirado (RIP), Leroy Moore, Solidad Di Costa, Raw Knowledge and Dani Montgomery (now Gabriel). Our friendships last to this day in various forms, my poetic output has slowed considerably since the end of the Molotovs around 2005. Here are some newer pieces, and there may be some more to come.

 

LET’S BUILD A WALL

let’s build a wall
and sleep tight nighty night and
dream in snowy 
monotone dreams of
snowy monotone futures

let’s build a wall

and scream into the night
you will not erase me
you will not change me
you will never please me

let’s build a wall

i’m the every-est
every man
who has ever set foot
on this land

so let’s build a wall
and blame it on the middle class
and build it with the finest ingredients 
tar and feathers
bayonets and muskets
manure and druthers
recycled hangman’s rope
buffalo bones and arrowheads
organic cotton 
mom’s apple pie
red dirt and bullet shells
unexploded munitions & old computers
tuskegee experiments
broken glass and bullet shells
ancient trees turned into pentagon papers
crows feet & bear claws

let’s not fuck around
our country let’s fix it
with a neon crucifix
with bed sheets
with brown shirts
with ashes from history books

let’s build a wall
and put television screens on it
going to be the big brother
that big brother always wanted

let’s build a wall and
build a national park there sell
blue bottled coffee
for blue blooded people there
let’s build a hotel there too 
let’s build more walls
through every street
every city
every country side
so that wherever you go
there’s a border to cross
and the tender hum of 
surveillance 
sings us to sleep at night
let’s build a wall
with picnic tables and barbeque pits

let’s build a wall
and not think bad thoughts anymore
and  never turn off our televisions anymore
and set our cell phones set only to kill 
and never to stun

let’s build that wall and stop worrying about
which lives matter
because the rainbow is retired now

let’s build a wall
make it so tall
make it so long
make it so you can’t get enough
off tall long walls

let’s build a wall
and pay for it with 
bounced checks
bnd fentanyl scripts 

let’s build a wall.

IT IS TIME TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

it is time to survive a plague

stay in doors keep good company 
read octavia butler and bertolt brecht
binge watch something that makes you happy without guilt or regret
then binge read dubois + gramsci + goldman + davis 
then pietri + angelou + alderete + shuck + jordan
listen to music that helps you see beyond walls like simone + strummer 
sing a battle song
plan for what comes next

if you can’t stay indoors, remind yourself
that you deserve the world
you have a right to a roof
the walls, the kitchen sink
a full fridge you deserve
house keys not handcuffs

when it is time to come outside
march like selma
march like ferguson
march like oakland
protect what you love
act up + fight back
shut down 
redistribute without permission

when it is time to make decisions
be like the zapatistas

when you need a new constitution
check out the ten-point program

when it is time to heal
don’t wait for permission

when it is time to escape
find your north star

when it is time to help someone else escape
sew a map into a blanket

when it is time to vote
vote

when it is time to riot
riot

when it is time to burn

burn it like a berrigan

when fascists come to your town be an anti-klan human 
when they are drive from your town
get down and raise a glass

it is time to survive a plague