Sunday, August 20, 2006

Arresting Karl Rove

* Pink Police, photo by SB

It’s All Made Up

It was to be a citizen’s arrest

in the indoor courtyard of the Renaissance Hotel

in North
Austin, Code Pink and Cindy Sheehan leading
protesters to the doorway of the
dining hall
where hot dog Republicans
were paying big bucks
to dine
with a war criminal, Karl Rove,
a public servant guilty of treason,

the man they call "Bush’s Brain."

Naturally, Austin being a sane town —
except for the local roundhouse

for the mentally infirm and morally bankrupt

otherwise known as the State Capital— naturally

we formed a citizen’s committee to arrest
Karl Rove.
It was the least we could do.

The Pink Police out frowned
Rove’s Blackguard,
and the APD.
Cindy Sheehan and friends
from Camp Casey
led a Code Pink line
to the dining hall doors,
which were (surprise) locked.

We chanted
You dine, and people die.

They knew we were there.

At least I think they did because around us

in the courtyard, a three
(Pink) banner (A Pink Slip — with ruffles)

Rove v Truth: No Contest
was unfurled by protesters chanting:

Arrest K
arl Rove
Rove Lies People Die.
There were resounding cheers
when the banner dropped from
different places just ahead
of hotel security.

Protesters were shouting, milling about,
carrying signs.

A pink poster that said,
Karl Rove: MisInformer
travelled up
and then down
the glass elevator.

So they had to know we were there —

the nice Republicans who stood in line,

wearing cocktail dresses and suits, cowboy
diamonds. They had to know we were there.

But to look at them, you’d swear
they didn’t see us.
No one made eye contact.
I roamed near their line
taking pictures
and they didn’t seem to notice.

In the courtyard, I heard an elderly lady say
to another elderly lady
and two portly gentlemen —
"It’s a fake," you know. "It’s not true."

I moved closer, and leaned toward the sofa
where she and her friends
were sitting.
People were chanting:

Tis the season to arrest
Karl Rove for treason.

"What’s fake?" I said.
She pointed to the banner.
"The banner is a fake?"I said. "It’s a real banner,
Code Pink
made it. Look, you can see it's real."

"It’s all made up," she said, waving
vaguely at the scene.

"Made up?" I said. "Made up?
Cindy Sheehan’s son Casey
was killed
in Iraq because of lies Karl Rove and George Bush
told to the Am
erican People, to the world."

She said, "I remember the sixties.
kids are just having fun."


These are families whose sons and daughters

have died in Iraq. Fun?"

"It’s all made up," she said,
and moved off
to dinner behind closed doors,
in front of which
a woman in pink was thrown
to the floor, face down,
hands cuffed behind her,
carried out —
more fun, certainly than having
a child murdered
by the government.

A solemn parade of "revelers"
followed her out.

©Susan Bright, 2006

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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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally fascinatin' poetry reportage, Susan. Excellent picture, and
excellent word-pictures, too!


7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Susan,

I so love reading your poems on line. They are beautiful and so true.


8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You scooped Truthout -- they just got their story out this morning.


11:39 AM  
Blogger SB said...

The info poem is sneaking its way into the public mind!


For the record, I've always written in different genre, but particularly like prose poems, which for the purpose of the blog, I spread out -- too dense to read on line in the prose poem format.

To that the info poem allows me to link to information, other writers, and various kinds of articles which are the reality from which the poem emerges.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blog is great....captured a part of "the scene" I had not considered much--denial. I yelled too much and was too tired to process --it felt good to yell. You are right about "the energy" that is why I do not watch TV....I would be forever exhausted and depressed.

Oh, did you catch the mention of your "peace earings" in The Statesman


8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karl was in Austin yesterday. Spotted at Cisco's and Wholefood. but not in
time for me to photograph him, much less arrest him. I'm told he has lost afew pounds and was wearing a bright Lacoste tennis/golf shirt.


11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I saw him on sixth street, coming out of that gift shop next to the french restaurant.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"it's all made up" has struck me with dread. it was so very easy for that woman to dismiss what was happening. thanks for sending us the news.

8:05 PM  
Blogger SB said...

the woman who was arrested got slapped with a $50,000 bail and was charged with trespassing in the hotel lobby even though she was one of the people who had purchased a room there.

Thanks everyone for your comments.


7:34 PM  

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