Fences
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jaywb
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A longform haiku

Bent and shaped to fit my words

About our country

Fences

White picket fences/surrounding a house made by/pretty white people

Equal rights be damned/built on the graves and backs of/millions of dead

Fertilized by blood/start to grow like poll numbers/blotting out the sun.

This mammon of greed/avarice, disparity/snakes like ziggurats

Built to honor long/dead dollar bills with faces/of long dead white men

Who ruled with iron/whips, truncheons, fire hoses/lengths of knotted rope

And complacency/grows too high, rotting the base/with holy priv'ledge

Vines like knotted hands/grasp the roots of oppression/and pulls, stem and leaf,

Out of the ground like/the voices of ancestors/rending wood and paint.

Like the facade that/Shelly left in barren sands/the house that hate built

Collapses under/neath the towering wreckage/that, finally, falls.

An experiment/with shoddy hypothesis/fails tests of rigour.

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