henry 7. reneau, jr.
Who speak Sass like Scripture?
Who the outside agitator the marching mouth of dissent?
Long before the goddamned lies of Military/Industrial
body counts; before the Shock & Awe
remote-controlled murder drones,
locked onto targets the size of small children. Long before
the Muslim Ban engraved middle eastern muscle memory
with stop & frisk in airports, & Black Identity Extremists
was coined to rebrand the racism of J. Edgar's COINTELPRO.
Long before the infantile Trump tweets
of reality show self promotion, was the hate
that made hate &
the punishment of poverty for profit, before
the USA! USA!
soundbytes of Go back where you come from!!
was our suffering of conditionality
that mimicked a swimming pool's transparent blue shine,
aiming for nobility
as we settled for the lesser of twin evils.
Who told you what you think that later you find out a lie???
Note: The last stanza is a line from the poem, Somebody Blew Up America,
by Amiri Baraka.
1a.) a narcissistic sense of entitlement (prec. by mutha-fuckin’, goddamn)
surgically affixed to a cell-phone in public. b.) the homogenized coward-
ice of social media cell soldiers. 2a.) an obsession to be seen, i.e. If I hang
up, will I cease to exist? 3a.) a moron disguised as an accident waiting to
happen, i.e. God only took back cigarettes because cell-phones were an
easier way to get rid of idiots. b.) walking into traffic, a water fountain, or
onto train tracks, while talking on a cell-phone. c.) someone on a cell-
in New York city foot traffic, late for work, i.e early onset dementia.
▪ n. see DOLT.
henry 7. reneau, jr: "I write words of conflagration to awaken the world ablaze, an inferno of free verse illuminated by my affinity for disobedience, like a discharged bullet that commits a felony every day, the spontaneous combustion that blazes from my heart, phoenix-fluxed red & gold, exploding through change is gonna come to implement the fire next time. I am the author of the poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press), now available from their respective publishers. Additionally, I have self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of Resistance, and my collection, The Book Of Blue(s) : Tryin' To Make A Dollar Outta' Fifteen Cents, was a finalist for the 2018 Digging Press Chapbook Series. My work has also been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net."