Gulag 14

He ate corn porridge slowly–
Why hurry when there was little awaiting
Cold cement floors, no window coverings,
No family, no sense of wonder or longing
For what was never known.
Love, kindness, not even sibling rivalry–
The Truman Show without the cameras
Yet the world watched
Because Google Earth, Anderson Cooper,
Arbeit Macht Frei memories
informed on humanity that forgot itself
And Sally sat sipping her Southern ice tea
Content that equality ruled the land
That freedom rang in the guilty, apathetic ears
in America.
Shame. Shin.
Wake up you sleeping giants
Move the mountain
Free the slaves.


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