Johnson and Johnson what does
that mean? a father and son the
elder named John once thought
to be business men the world
swooped them up me and you
believing our babies eyes and
skin in good hands the beautiful
baby pictures now they poison
the medicine we give our most
precious parts to relieve pain
when they are sick from the world
we and the Johnsons have created
I’m asking this question, why not
learn the ways of the willow tree
how she too nurtures her children
loving us as part of her arm making
bark that takes our pain away
mistrusting her we cut from the
roots churning waste for our
dumps we now name land fills
as if the land were empty hungry
needed our garbage to fill her
i lay down and dream of being
cradled in my mother maybe it’s
death i think this morning or
more likely i dream of life
built on the bones of this
garbage we have filled her
with she lifts light from the
spirit that nurtures her a
light our vision can no longer
see patiently she cradles her
sick child knowing she too
might suffer this illness her child has brought home to her

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