THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

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THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

©2015 by Alice Walker

They will always be
More beautiful
Than you
The people you are killing.
You think it is hatred
That you feel
But it is really envy.
You imagine if you destroy them

We will forget

How tall they stood

How level
Their gaze
How straight their backs.
How even the littlest ones
Stood their little ground.

Meanwhile
You stand
Hunched as a cobbler
In your absurd
Killer’s Gear
Yelling
Like a crazy person,
Your face contorted
Dripping sweat
From what would be
With or without
Your lethal weapons
A bullying brow
And feral chin.

Killing everyone
but especially children,
For sport.

Looking cool
In your own mind;
As you crunch bones
Beneath your boot
That are still
Forming.

Conquering.

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Don’t forget the entertainment value

Of your daily work
For the folks back home.
Who witness from the hillsides
In their lounge chairs.

What beautiful fun!

We are not like
Those people being broken
Over there
They tell each other. And for this moment
They are right.
They are not.

But what does this mean
For broken humanity?

Selfie this.

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Fourteen year old child George Kanaan murdered in a church in Palestine. Could any young man anywhere be better looking? Get a grip, people.

Chief Joseph Nez Perce
Chief Joseph Nez Perce

Countless Native American children murdered by US Calvary supporting hordes of unwashed settlers in a genocidal war against Native Americans. The remnants of once whole peoples chased off their lands, like Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Nation. You can be sure the various Custers* didn’t have this depth. Not to mention the sense of style.

Google *General George Armstrong Custer of Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto fame by Vine DeLoria, Jr.

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Emmett Till, another 14 year old child murdered in the American South in the Fifties by white men who tortured him before his death. Handsome, beautiful, full of life. He was accused by his unreliable (one would think) murderers of whistling at one of their wives. However one wonders if the killers’ unexamined rage stemmed from anger that the child would not have been interested in whistling at one of them. Tortured and lynched black men in the South were almost always mutilated genitally. How was that supposed to work? Let us look under all the rocks.

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This was first published at Alice Walker's website.