Psalm 55 by Fred Mecklenburg

I am not a silent poet

On hearing that Trump excluded Muslim refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day…
my country is a country
of robbery and trespass
forgive us lord
forgive us our trespasses
and the refugees we demanded
of the Iroquois Cherokee Sioux
Yoruba Asante
Filipinos Hawaiians
Vietnamese Afghans Iraqis
a hundred more
these cities of burning young
the dead poets in our robes
of honor
and the dead honor in our poets
lord forgive us our shaming
of the mother of exiles
the dousing of the harbor lights
human cargo fed the tempest
as was done to the least
will be done to us
as the woe due to those by whom
the offense came again
and those refugees from evils
forgive us the St. Louis driven sea
to unfathomable shore
to cold sea fog to terminus
I spent Holocaust Remembrance Day
hearing magnificent cantor Sirota
who perished in the uprising

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