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A Novel Idea for Rotted Fruit

‘The Prisoners’ (Die Gefangen) 1908, Käthe Kollwitz, Source: http://illustrationchronicles.com/Feed
PHOTO CREDIT: ‘The Prisoners’ (Die Gefangen) (1908), Käthe Kollwitz, Source: Illustration Chronicles

Supremacy: a malignant idea wilts on an
angry vine. Noxious fruit forges minds into
unconscious weapons, feeds ambitions
nourished in the soil of forsaken lives.

Woman. Negro. Indian. Foreigner. Jew.
Nouns, ground down against the edifice
of collective ignorance, become epithets;
adjectives eradicate like butcher knives.

The Law affirms a spirit of subjugation.
Latin garnishes, blunt legal instruments;
the sine qua non of justice: a revolving door
of prima facie suspects disenfranchised.

History, a palimpsest of cruel embellishments;
fabulists engraving monuments, redacting truth
from memory, burying in the footnotes volumes
of innocents slain by bigotry, slavery, genocide.

The Past: a stone wall maintains the prisons
oppression built. Victims on parole, hit with
denial; jailors, wielding old stones, cling to
erstwhile allegations when aiming their eyes.

Equality: a novel idea accords with civilization –
prunes a mind overgrown with malevolent weeds,
nourishes ambitions steeped in ethical means,
blossoms a harvest sown with respect for lives.

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