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white messiah

November 21, 2012

white messiah

by Jen Meunier

the white messiah came to town
when nobody worshiped he got let down
smile as sharp as a thorny crown
there was solidarity all around
    until we talked of power

and whose land their nice homes are built upon
whose dead lie restless under manicured lawns
and where did all their wealth come from
     until we questioned their power

 the ivory cocks on indian lane chant
“we’re all treaty people, so sign our land claim!”
their windigo profits are hungry again
for a peace bought and kept with white power

they came again the other day
but nobody wanted to hear what they say
(not till they burned down their jails, anyway)
        there is peace in the ashes of power


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