the psychology of the oppressed
where mental health is the ability
knowledge of the world’s cruelty
~ Audre Lorde, "Eulogy for Alvin Frost"
In North Dakota, "security officers" beat, tear-gassed, and released loose dogs
upon indigenous protesters
yesterday in America
while the adult children of the two main presidential candidates gave interviews
that news broadcasters said, "Humanized them,"
from thinking about nonrenewable energy,
the destruction of clean drinking water,
the increasing temperature of the ocean preceding mass die off of ocean species...
the genocide suits that we're born into
don't look down you'll see
I don't know what to say.
People say/I find myself saying
The system is corrupt
The people who I agree with feel like they are going to die young
or live old lives repeating the same reminders
like a game of telephone where no one knows what sentence we started with.
Do you really think we would defeat planet Earth?
Earth will always win!
There is a fantasy of the oppressed being secretly more powerful.
Like kissing death.
An ongoing conversation between writers and the text that they're reading.