No News Is Good News

Today is not as new/

as it may seem/

ask the mother enslaved/

torn from her children/

Lost Bird suckling/

her massacred mother’s body/

the women of Salem/

or the Japanese interred/

ask insurgent coal miners/

coughing up pieces of lung/

or James Byrd chained/

dragged apart in Jasper/

Matthew Sheppard dying/

alone on a Laramie fence/

ask Nagasaki or Hiroshima/

Sand Creek or My Lai/

ask four year old workers/

dead in rich men’s factories/

for an inchoate explanation/

of how we ended here.