not in peace

I sat down

where the great man wrote

to take a look

read from his book

& heard what he heard

saw what he saw

& I understood the words

had already fallen

for the idea

some time ago

felt the sense of place

exit from cities

foul humanity

dirt squalor disgrace

but I was not the only pilgrim

others had been before

& no doubt more

will come

like those who leave their litter

bottles cans paper plastic

homage corrupts if the wanderer

comes for bragging rights

not in peace

working for humanity

he was working for change

to transform humanity

make us all better people

in the revolution to come

which surprised me some

as he treated people like shit

from that higher moral ground

pushing aside anybody

with different ideas opinions than him

his brothers sisters in the just cause

acted very much the same

& when I suggested sly

don’t you find

the problem with humanity

is the people?

he couldn’t crack a smile

but that head was nodding

& I do not lie

clear instructions:

label them from the outset

as crazy misguided

even better some kind of ‘ist or ‘ism

& from then on

is almost as good

as putting fingers in your ears

& singing nanana can’t hear you

glue the label on tight

& you don’t have to listen

regard anything they have to say

& better still

you get to bully them

feel good & righteous about doing that

treating them as not right

disregard their humanity

rights to their own opinion

safe on your own high moral ground

rinse & repeat

ad infinitum