I Know A Place

“Do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you…”—Jesus, Sermon on the Mount

I know a place where
Failed jocks and bullies
 go and act out Night Train
 Lane, LT wannabe fantasies
 Tackling unsuspecting cyclists,
 Tackling citizens standing in front
 of hotels, and on sidewalks; A
 place where sadists pepper-spray
 Peaceful protestors, straddle women
 and beat them on sides of freeways
 I know a place where
 reporter/stenographers suck up, mayors
 fear to tread, and Duncan’s is hog heaven
 for surly bodyguards of Homelessness,
 and Unemployment, robotically jamming
 knees into backs and necks, smashing fists
 into faces and feeling the bones shatter;
 and breaking arms over knees.
 A place superior size and strength are
 Useful for intimidating and carrying out cruelties
 Against smaller, weaker, people; a place where
 grunts, barks and mad howls of poisonous slurs,
 venomous epithets are spat day and night, like a
 leaky faucet oozing patriotic pus—stinking raw
 Sewage; a place where pulling pranks,dirty tricks
 monkeyshine-shenanigans, mocking, taunting,
 Tormenting, harassing, persecuting, the aggrieved,
 Injured and dead is ‘policy.’
 I know a place where
 Walking law suits, frat-boy klansmen with bigger
 Budgets—less accounting and accountability—
 Loiter; a place where troublemakers look for and
 Make trouble, conjure chaos and instability—start
 Shit, to stop it. A place where they speed, drive
 Recklessly, and view people paying them as
 subhuman, ‘perps,’‘vics,’ walking ten-ring targets—
 Bulls-eyes—a place to dis the mayor and draw a check;
 A place where, as
 Crime is spiraling downward like dirty dishwater down
 the drain, jobs look more and more museum-like, like
 Stagecoach drivers and Pony Express riders…
 I know a place where
 Loma Prieta, Katrina, Sandy, and rag-tag bands of
 Occupy, exposed how tits-on-bullish breaking into
 Peoples’ homes planting cameras looking, listening to
Love, shouting, arguing is; how tits-on-bullish
Robbing drug-dealers, stealing and selling evidence on
the streets is; how tits-on-bullish carrying ‘war bags’—
Dope, stolen guns,  filed-off serial #s for demolishing
Dreams, destroying lives, families, communities, one
False charge at a time is; and how, tits-on-bullish,
Chuckling, and belly laughing at sociopathy is…
I know a place where
there’s more law in muzzles of Glocks and Tasers
Than in Supreme Court decisions; a place where
Gunmen, triggermen turn traffic tickets into death
Sentences; a lawless place where confederate
commandoes fire flash-bang grenades into baby
Cribs, slaughter seven-year-olds in their sleep, then get
Two weeks on the beach, with pay; a place where ‘roid-
raging death squads bring bloodlust back from Iraq,
Afghanistan, Vietnam, Guatemala, The Philippines—
firing forty-one shots at wallets, fifty, or135—
Pick a number—at cars; shooting men sprinting away,
Summarily executing homeless and mentally ill men and
women for felonies of poverty; a place like killing floors for
Human beings blooming blood pools, bleeding out,
Twitching like cockroaches or rats, last flickers of light
Fading; a place so fuckin’ cool for shooters putzing around with
Yellow tape and
Harassing humanitarians, good samaritans and medical professionals
About ‘Golden Windows’ and serious business of saving lives…
I know a place where all of this is possible—if only you chant five
Magic words—like the Buddhist chant ‘Om:’ “I feared for my life—”
Oink, if you know this place!
Raymond Nat Turner can be contacted at upsurgejazz.com
Raymond Nat Turner © 2015 All Right Reserved


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