On Friday too many people died
at the hands of an organization.
On Sunday we saw the planes of war
On Monday hundreds were arrested
ambushed by police in their homes.
On Thursday all the foreigners were told
“You’ve no place here anymore.”
I think I’ve seen this movie before.
Where a bombing, shooting, murder
cuts to a funny little Frenchman
with a funny little mustache
“We’re rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.”
All the while knowing that they were not
the spies he was looking for.
Yes I’ve seen this movie where
everyone is required to wear yellow stickers
then yellow stickers become illegal.
I recall a movie in which
everyone was told to paint their windows
and everyone else was told to break painted windows.
I recall a scene where
everyone was told “it’s ok to be different”
then all of a sudden it wasn’t.
In another movie
there were families who were told they could not be trusted
because they or their father or their grand father
or their great grandfather
was from out of town.
So all the different families,
all the out of towners,
all the sticker wearers
and window painters
were all shipped off to ….
“Temporary relocation camps.”
Then I recall seeing a lamp set high beside a golden door
taken down and replace with a sign that read
And I cried.
Because neither then, nor now
is a silver screen to be found.