Skip to content Poems by Joe Navarro The Enemy If the enemy Is Black Brown Native Asian Immigrant Muslim Jewish Women Trans Lesbian Gay Bi Feminists Intellectuals Teachers Socialists Multiculturalists Liberals Environmentalists Water protectors Land defenders Houseless people Unionists Workers Peace activists Convicts Ex-convicts …Who’s left? ©️ 2022 Joe Navarro Prayers Alone Families cry Hearts ache Mourning for Children’s sake Especially when Children die Bloodshed reigns Money feigns To care As long As money Keeps growing While blood Keeps flowing Don’t do Anything more Than pray Profits versus Human lives Even when Children die Telling the Same lie Guns don’t Take lives Just make Sure that Money thrives Sacred rites Killing rights Emblazoned in A tradition Don’t touch The profits Just pray Pray, pray Where is The action? Especially when Children die Even though Prayers alone Feel like Another lie When again The bloodshed Flows freely Schools become Hunting grounds Angry hands Too easily Wrapped around Death tools Will as Long as Money rules © 2022 Joe Navarro Background Checks To buy a gun While you’re at it Check deep Check wide What have they Got to hide? Look under sheets Especially with hoods Look under benches Under the rugs Check for bruised Wives’ faces Check for rope burns On calloused hands Check speech For “n” words Listen for “injuns” Is “spic” a word? Are Asians Americans? Watch out for MAGAs Proud Boys Minutemen Militias Karter’s Kar Kare Karen’s Kountry Kitchen Klan Anon Q Anon Symbols White supremacy Is there rage? Is hate wrapped In red, white and blue? Is hue death free speech? Background…check Check deep Check wide What have they Got to hide? ©️ 2022 Joe Navarro Joe Navarro is a creative writer who enjoys writing poetry, teacher, parent, and grandparent and has been an activist for human rights, political rights, and social justice for oppressed people. His poetry is inspired by people’s struggles for human dignity, family, self-determination, liberation, democracy, peace, and preserving our Mother Earth. He has authored seven chapbooks of poetry, has been included in eight literary anthologies and journals, and has been featured in three educational publications. Joe can be reached at email@example.com. Featured Image: Chicano youth near MacArthur Park, Los Angeles,CA 1987. Photo courtesy of Unity Archive. Post navigation
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Thank u Joe! The pairing up with the photo was perfect! Do we know who took the photo.? That looks like one of Cynthia’s.
Thank u all for doing this u’ll.