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Swine Flu by Hadeel Ramadan

january 1st
2009
3 a.m.
swine flu
flooded
fruitvale bart
& cracked open the levees of an epidemic
we have been fearing
since before
the sickness made Kings perish into the nothingness that is past.
as we carry their bodies
wrapped
in body bags
strapped with the heat of a thousand suns
see we don't want the sickness
cuhs these pigs are far more deadly than any swine
holding my breath each time I stroll across police stations
cover my ears
at the sudden sound
of sirens
see their songs
suckle on society
like the stained lips of rape children
to their wavering mothers breast
we nurture them despite the fact
that we see a shadow of our rapists face in theirs
as if the cure is unattainable
we continue to take & take

allow these nothing more than common people to bear the flesh of the Gods on their simple bones
packing heartbeats in their clips
see this isn't on no overreacting liberal kid spitting left politics bullshit

this is us giving a Grant to the policeman who had Oscar
execution style on his knees

youtube videos blaze from
my monitor
making corpses resurrect from shallow graves
see Oscar Grant relives his death with each viewing,
as i watched his back crack as if Gaza was in its arch
& all i could remember was a photograph
i came across for the first time in high school
of a Vietnamese man crouched on his knees like a beaten dragon surrendering to mortals
it took all the way until my senior year in high school for me to learn about Hiroshima and Nagasaki
& that they are not just one of the easier genocides to talk about.
for 12 grades of my education each year the only massacre we were ever 
thoroughly introduced to was the holocaust

because in WW2 the U.S. fought against Germany and Japan

& in order to show the sinister ways of our adversaries
we brought one massacre to light, & went on to crumble the disintegration of Japanese citizens into the dust we have swept under our patriotic rugs

not realizing that the U.S.A & Germany were only looking at a distorted reflection of each other

we continue to teach our children
to be U.S. Citizens before they are human beings.
only mourn your people and their allies but disregard the flesh that lies on an enemies bones, see these borders are brainwashing

but the 2nd time i saw this photograph it broke me out of the trance
because the artist Bansky's spray can had revolutionized it

to depict
the same man
still as a beaten dragon
but no longer a pistol to his skull
instead a bouquet of graffiti encrusted roses emerging from
his assassin's hand
a portrait worthy of bringing new life from ash
recreated insanity into humanity
& i have strived to do the same for Oscar Grant with this very poem
because we are the artists of the movement,
are trying so hard to bring lost souls back to life,
trying so hard to reshape history
with our paint stained fingertips
but i have learnt to start working on right now
& so i will use these hands

to mold together each struggle i have come to know
find Palestine in every foreign
counterpart working class back bent barefooted barely making ends meet
fight
see this is the only way peace can prevail
when the good do something
to stop evil.

from Oscar Grant to Hara Tamiki
THERE IS NO SHORTER WAY HOME.
& once we realize are pain is universal that is when we can bring the orbit of divinity back to our world
so our globe no longer has to rest on an axis of evil

let the voice of our deceased demi-gods rumble through our vocal chords

MY NAME IS OSCAR GRANT, DON'T SHOOT
MY NAME IS HARA TAMIKI , LET ME DIE

MY NAME IS MARTIN LUTHER, IMMORTALIZE MY KINGDOM
MY NAME IS CHE GUEVARA, PATRIA OMUERTE

MY NAME IS ANNE FRANK, LIVE THROUGH MY WORDS
MY NAME IS EDWARD SAIID, TAKE ME HOME

MY LAST NAME IS RAMADAN
& i am starving for your humanity.

Team Bay Area