Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Slave Ship

Joseph Mallord William Turner

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"...I was on a radio show debating Ron Arnold, who considers himself the founder of the Wise Use movement. He talks about ecoterrorists, and he's called publicly for the killing of all environmentalists. Until this year, Cheney was on the board of directors of his Center for Defense of Free Enterprise."

Stepaenie Hendricks, author of "Divine Destruction -- Dominion Theology and American Environmental Policy"
-- a buzzflash interview, 4/11/06

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What we don't hear about fascism
is that it's a slave ship
which morphs, that it's a loop.

So our elite doesn't worship Arians
or scapegoat Jews.

Today they hate Environmentalists,
Scientists, Feminists, Humanists --
follow a Holy Call to "Save"
anyone living on top of oil,
to conquer Nature.

Demigods change beards and robes.
We are led to "believe"
a popular delusion designed to serve
power which is control
by a small elite
of everything in the name
of a glittering myth.

Here, now
it's name is Dominionism --
a psycho/political/mythical ingot
prepping to explode
nukes in Iran, rapture baby --

No kidding.

Never doubt the goal
of fundamentalism is power.
It is not a spiritual phenomenon.
It is the engine of the Slave Ship.

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The Slave Ship's moving
fast in our direction, out of Africa
past plantations in Alabama,
but not past rows of cotton in Texas,
spinach and tomatoes in California,
peas in Washington State,
picked by "guest" workers
who "do jobs Americans don't want" which
is code for "work cheap" which is code
for the slave ship --

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The Slave Ship is docked
at sanitized nursing homes
scrubbed by Phillippine women speaking
Tagalog, has filled it's belly with a hot swell of misery
in New Orleans, trades in Chinese skin,
transports Walmart's riot of consumer trivia,
is sailing, sailing to classrooms in America where
children are dumbed down, kicked out --
bled to cheap labor lines, boot camp, prison.

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The name of the ship is Empire.
The name of the delusion is Dominion.

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The rapture is coming, King/Pharoah/President/Prince
leads us to Armageddon (total annihilation)
so we'll be saved, ask the Promise Keepers.

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Here's a myth stupid enough to feed holocaust.

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dominion over the earth, use her up, call it "Wise Use."

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power over knowledge, call it "No Child Left Behind."

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"Intelligence" means spying, science is a waste of time,
"morality" means torture and death squads,
freedom means bombing civilians.
God meant for this to occur.

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Watch it!

Can we at least get it!
before we're pitched
into the belly of the Slave Ship

┬ęSusan Bright

Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.


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