And if the man with the choke-hold

December 6, 2014   •   By Juan Felipe Herrera

— Ezekiel saw the wheel …


 


And if the man with the choke-hold pulls the standing man down


Why does he live and if the dead man is gone why does he rise and


Why is there a clicking sound the sound the soul makes when it leaves


Even though no one knows and if the woman stays why is she the


Crucible the fire why is she the voice and if the voice is never heard


Why does it resound for 9 generations and if it was a teen man with


A swagger why is he still prone and if the police was right and the court


Was in agreement and the governor spoke humble facing the masses why


Are they lost in the desert infinite and if looters broke the wall and split


The wine why are they still scorched with thirst and if we march


Why does the street break as we pass by why does it not offer us Here


Take my water and if all the laws are Freedom for you for me why do we


Not speak and if that tree behind you green with its last two limbs up


Swollen in blood why does it not suffer


 


why


does it


blossom torches


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 Juan Felipe Herrera is the United States Poet Laureate.