Poetry — 17 November 2016

rene castro

(after Rufino Tamayo’s painting Homenaje a Juárez, 1932)


Matthew Woodman

artwork by Rene Castro

when to tear it all down
when to ignore lanes
when to disenfranchise

detassling corn a familiar sun
to sell time the humidity
mosquitoes the worst blood

maintenance such structure
to follow but why such control
but how all eyes and ears

to advocate to climb
means your honor I object
overruled from within

systems of ammunition
catechism curtailed
even the interventionist

creditors excised respect
for the rights of others
is peace given no one must

institution one must
concentrate on most likely
to be exploited may those

who would take advantage
who would close doors
find no commuted sentence


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