Aside

laced foundations

a friend once told me his school was built on a landfill
eventually turning so caustic, he had to vacate
and i thought “but aren’t they all?”

under god, indivisible we preach
a history constructed on loaded shot guns
and broken sums

a land pummeled with inequality,
capsized by cannonballs, sown imperceptibly
with the thieves of righteous tears

and how soon has
the symphony of passion
deluded our fibers

how soon have we forgotten
the glimmer of freedom once nascent
in puddles of blood, that it
was never hinged upon rhetoric

how soon our vision has purged
as we raise proud slabs of marble to the cityscape
hiding thoughtfully arranged vermin

we have forgotten what this all costs

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