The day after
the expanse of sometimes blue sky
is speckled with thick, sooty elephant-skin clouds
That bleed disdain on Lady Liberty
who holds vigil in the harbor
of the land of the free and the home of the brave.
shrieks, reeks inhumanity, holding us hostage
until we dare say it out loud:
Brothers and sisters, forgive us,
for we know exactly what we do.
© Rita H Kowats 1-12-18
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