Things Are So Random After the Womb.
|Publication:||Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601|
|Issue:||Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 2|
L. E. Scott is an African American jazz poet, currently based in
Aotearoa/New Zealand. He is on the staff of "Tu Mai", a
magazine for the indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Scott has
had a number of books published, the latest being a collection of poems
entitled "Bones", published by Five Islands Press of Melbourne
University, Australia. He has also had work published in two recent
anthologies, "Fingernails Across The Chalkboard" and
"Gwendolyn Brooks and Working Writers", both published by
Third World Press.
Things Are So Random After the Womb (in the time of George W. Bush) A nun dressed in black taking pictures of the Pope on his death march dressed in white proof of what? both are childless moving on beyond God and his prisoners at the airport in L.A. and the Metro in Paris and in the streets of Madrid young black men dancing with brooms clean, clean, clean everywhere Ralph Ellison invisible offspring Miles telling you what to kiss 'Birth of the Cool' blueblack get back Picasso colored his mind with indigo came back from Afrika called it a period of blue confusion people walking around in circles pulling life like human mules mules who have enslaved other mules such rotten teeth they smile when speaking of humanity in Marrakech that wondrous city of Morocco a few steps from the Medina of gods and snakes and naked mules dancing for the money all is for sale flesh, flesh in the Place Djemaa el-Fna mules with no forehead mark they have left Mohammed passing other mules with the mark of five daily prayers to the sound of the camel drums marching the square bodies of decay an array of mules dressed in all kinds of colors and fetishes round and round and round the square they dance until the dark is no more raining in the house September 11 hooves coming from the womb of Islam will have to be hoof-printed on landing in Christian-land verily, verily I say unto you you still do not see why the fire came from the sky in the belief-land of Mohammed your deeds have been more cutting than the words of Salman Rushdie after the fire dressed now in your red white and blue being led by a mule crowned by a supreme court in another land their hooves would have been cut off theft the war on terrorism should indeed start at home Giuliani remember the mayor before the September Fire? zero tolerance terrorists dressed in New York's finest blue guns and toilet plungers fighting crime they pledge allegiance to the flag one nation under hypocrisy James Baldwin said no more water the fire next time raining in the world
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