And if the man with the choke-hold
By Juan Felipe HerreraDecember 6, 2014
— 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
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