The peaceful transfer of power
We all watched it happen: the shaking of hands, the sitting through ceremony,
hands on Bibles. Peaceful Transfer
To witness the immediate consolidation
To stomach the legislative complicity of
that abuse of
peacefully transferred power.
If this is where we are after 10 days,
where are we likely to be in 100 days?
I am told not to despair,
that we will fight back. Yes.
But all that power we handed over,
Is being used to frighten, silence and beat
If you think this is not you,
Unless you belong to someone in that room
applauding each fresh signature of doom,
don’t believe that this won’t catch you
People will bow to authority before they recall
their humanity and
Each of us has power and often we hand it over
because we trust,
we have faith,
that others mean us no harm.
What we forget is how poorly
we understand harm when it is not us
but our neighbor,
the guy across the street, city, county, country
whose livelihood, dignity, existence
is at stake.
‘No harm done’ we say so easily
because we followed protocol
when it came time.
We witnessed the peaceful transfer
Laws will be broken.
Orders will be given.
People will suffer. Always.
And that room of self-satisfied men
That they got the power cheap at a
fake news rummage sale.
And they will hoard it and flaunt it
and use it against us,
because we gave it to them,
we handed it to them through
our quirky institutions and unspoken appetite
for criminal political theater.
The power they got peacefully handed over
will be the instrument of our undoing.
It already is.