Saturday, July 15, 2006

COLORLESS, YOU SEE: a poem of mine from 2002

(Originally written by me in August, 2002.)


THE MOSLEMS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST
SITTING IN U.S. CELLS - WERE
ROUNDED UP UNDER NEW LAWS PASSED-
AND JAILED - WITHOUT CHARGES...

AND, WHERE ARE THEY NOW,
IN THIS "LAND OF THE FREE"? -

WHY THEY'RE SITTING IN JAIL -
INVISIBLE - 'COLORLESS', YOU SEE...

AND LATINOS WHO TRIED TO PASS
UNDETECTED THROUGH THE "BARBED WIRE"
GATE TO PROMISE, HOPE, AND LIBERTY -

WHERE ARE THEY? SOME ARE 'HERE';
SOME SENT BACK - AND SEVERAL SCORE
EACH YEAR, NEITHER 'HERE' NOR 'THERE' -

THEY ARE DEAD -

AND NOW ARE 'COLORLESS', YOU SEE...

AND A 'GAY YOUNG MAN'
EAGER TO BEFRIEND--
FINDS 'PALS' TO BREAK HIS MONOTONY -

GOES RIDING ON A COUNTRY ROAD -
IS BEATEN UP AND LEFT FOR DEAD...

ALL SPLAYED OUT ON BARBED WIRE -

WHY, YES, HE IS DEAD - AND NOW HE'S 'FREE'
BECAUSE HE IS 'COLORLESS', YOU SEE...

AND MANY A MAN - AND WOMAN - TOO
SITS IN SOLITARY ON A 'TRUMPED UP' CHARGE
OR ON 'DEATH ROW' WAITING FOR THE FINAL 'CHARGE' -

TO PUT IT MILDLY, "FEELING BLUE" -
NO CONJUGAL VISITS, NO LETTERS FROM HOME...
HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN 'THE LAND OF THE FREE'?-

HE/SHE IS ONE OF THE NAMELESS:

ONE OF THE 'COLORLESS', YOU SEE.

7 Comments:

At 5:22 AM, Blogger LJ said...

This is a sad and interesting take on color, be it actual or metaphoric, Chuck. How it isn't tolerated...how it is removed for the convenience of those in the majority.
This reminds me of a poem by Eduardo Galliano called "The Nobodies." I'll email it to you.

 
At 5:35 AM, Blogger LJ said...

Correction on spelling...
the author's name is
Eduardo Galeano - and the books is
"The Book of Embraces." Published by W.W.Norton & Co. New York, London.

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Leazwell said...

Are you familiar with the site poetrythursday.blogspot.com?

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger chuck said...

LEAZWELL
THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTION. I AM GOING TO VISIT 'Poetry Thursday' tonight. THANKS...

LJ
THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK SUGGESTION. I SHALL BUY IT.
E. GALEANO'S WRITING SURE PACKS A WHALLOP. THANKS...

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger Cate said...

Chuck,
This is a powerful piece of writing! Thank you for stopping by my place (and for your kind words), and for leading me to your words!

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger KiwiSoupGirl said...

this is an excellent treatise of the sadness that is determined to "abound" in the madness we call modern civility. Thank you chuck, for sharing with us.
KSG

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger chuck said...

Cate-
Thanks for "stopping by for a beer". Stop by again.

Even though your kitchen is closed, mine is still open...or we could have beer on the porch?


Kiwisoupgirl-
Thanks for visiting.

Your blog inspired me. I am getting out early, and I am going to play hard...and with abandon: to the River I will go!

 

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