scaffolding the atrocity

when they asked us for help
we gave them a cage
if they prayed for asylum
while brown and dirt poor
we tore them apart

we changed up the rules
to hold the longer
watch over them too
a petri of hate
stem cells of pandemic

the deaths will hit quick
and bodies piles rise
a reckoning will grow
as graves dot the hills
where memorials will go

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alien brain syndrome

a satchel of sadness
slung over hunched back
slogging on home

snivel nose running
wet sleeve to wipe off
misery and snot

breadth of step-back
self-inquisitive look at
sorrow and self

wake up shining
and do it all over
depression kicks in