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Tree of Heaven

The mundane

is the only truth,                like a slanted 

                                              walk,


truth

is the only


universal,                            like a tree

                                              of heaven,


the universal

is magic                               like time 

                                              passing -  


just like that,                      everything’s

changed,  


work hard,                         maybe someday

get ahead,


the politics                         is that

of coming together,


the rest                               is a media coup

of lies                                  to protect


                                            the wealthy,

                                            and forget about


the old man

on MLK

with one leg

wheeling his chair

through traffic.


Walk with me under 

this tree of heaven         long time

                                           passing - 


if                                        you believe in

street art                          then


                                           you believe in

grassroots politics,


                                            you believe

everybody’s 


a victim

of war,


you believe in 

                                           peace, not racism,


the rest                             is a media coup

of lies                                to protect


                                          the wealthy,

                                          and forget about


the old man

on MLK

with one leg

wheeling his chair

through traffic.


Walk with me under 

this tree of heaven        long time

                                          passing - 


no cheap labor

in this tree of heaven,


honest reporting

in this

tree of heaven,


no scapegoating           in this

tree of heaven,


long time

passing.


Posted 06/16/21
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