Tamara wrote this poem in response to the recent mass shootings and gun violence. This poem is written in the hopes that hearts and minds will change the way business is done in America. Therefore, she has requested that this not be behind the new subscription wall. We agree and are sharing it without a fee. We did, however, place subscription buttons at the end, should any hearts and minds be moved to support the publishing of our type of poetry. All of us here at DDPress are fed up by the amount of cruelty suffered the world over and we dedicate this piece to all that have suffered gun violence.
I wrote this piece in response to the death of a seven year old girl in ICE custody. It is painfully clear that our government is no longer interested in being the free country it espoused to be.
Despite what the mass media, government and corporations are saying, the real question before all of the United States right now is if we can set aside our differences long enough to stop our government from committing one of the worst atrocities mankind has ever witnessed. It is happening all around us and to us. Every day, a brother or sister, father or mother, friend or lover is gunned down with impunity. We stand by watching empty houses mere moments from a homeless person without even a bed. I’ve seen hungry children sell candy bars for under-privileged youth across the globe. The problem is that if we don’t snap out of this apathy and separatism, we are complicit in our own demise.
For those that are reading this with utter disgust for the examples listed above, I make no apologies for the tone of this essay. We, the people, are being slaughtered by our own country, for a pittance. A pittance. Nothing more than a line in a ledger. While they slither around DC guarding their cash cow.
There is no other way to interpret their agenda. In the last century, they have managed to manipulate us into relinquishing our civil rights, poison our food supply, poison our air and our water, the FDA approves medicines that do more harm than good, taken our children from their families to indoctrinate them into the system, strip them of the knowledge to survive without government, limit our ability to travel, live a self-sustainable life, provide for our own defense, legislate us all the way from the bedroom to the bathroom and selling our freedom for top dollar on the open market. The only thing that really jumps out is the callous nature with which this has been meted out. It sends a very clear message that our government is intent on eliminating a large portion of it citizens.
That’s right. I said it. Our government is actively engaged in the murder of its citizenry. My risk of death by possible “suicide” by two bullets in the back of my head just increased by a billion but someone for fuck’s sake has got to say it. We can’t stop it, if we don’t know what it is. It is imperative that we stop it. I don’t know about anyone else but I have had enough of seeing our friends, family, neighbors, all of us suffering at the hands of this sadistic administration.
It doesn’t matter who you voted for, or if you even voted. It doesn’t. It never did. We are all slated for removal and if this does not cause a coming together moment for all, then we deserve our deaths at the hands of our government.
Kill or care, that is the question before our congress, now. So, what will it be folks? Are you actively engaged in the murders of your constituency or are you ready to stop and give the rest of us our voices back? Aren’t you tired of betraying humanity? And the biggest question of them all: are you willing to bet everything you have on the continued apathy of us?
Please keep in mind that I hope my American family will remember how strong we really are together and that any legislation outside of returning the stolen money from social security, healthcare for all, return of the stolen money from the pentagon, ending all foreign conflicts immediately, bringing back the EPA, Planned Parenthood, living wages for ALL, increased taxes on the wealthy, increased government transparency, complete return of all constitutional rights, return of Glass-Steagall, free college for all, taxation of churches, separation of church and state, term limits, congressional pay cuts, and tying congressional salaries to that of the average wage of their district, will be what I consider an act of war against this country.
No one really need worry about me. I’m a broke as shit 45-year-old woman with crippling RA, rotting teeth, no access to health care, so I have already been pre-selected for a long torturous extraction and haven’t the strength to carry out violence. I also firmly believe that violence is not going to fix this. Compassion is. Compassion is the answer.
Right now, there are millions just like me. We were the ones that were just one catastrophe away and as luck would have it, we got a handful. We need to see that if we step out of our cages and love our neighbors, grow a garden, raise chickens, raise a pig or two, maybe even goats. This system is meant to chew us up and spit us out. We do not need it. Step away from the system. It is killing us for real. We can do this. Most of us just want to be happy and healthy with friends and family surrounding them. Let’s grow our families into compassionate groups that care for each other without the need for our own violent oppression.
Kill or care, it really is that simple. This is a call to action. This is a call to life. This is a call to love. We must awaken as a mass citizenry that will no longer tolerate their oppression. They may kill me but there are many more. Nurses, take back your hospitals. Doctors, invest in the health of your local community. Teachers, take back your schools and make them a hub for the community that surrounds you by educating everyone to live for each other. Citizens, take back your cities and rebuild the infrastructure to work for all. We have the power to make money obsolete. Then where would those people, whom are trying to gather it all for themselves, be able to go. They are banking on our apathy to ensure our destruction. Wake up to the truth and stop this mass genocide.
I thought I’d share this piece for the Memorial Day Weekend. I’ll just let it sit and simmer.