Over the weekend, it was reported that police in Rochester, NY pepper-sprayed a handcuffed nine-year-old girl–a girl shoved into the snow so she could be handcuffed. Of all the many, many things that need to be addressed by this new administration, at or near the top of the list should be monumental changes for the way we fund, train, manage, and hold accountable the police who should be protecting and serving us.

Common Contributors 
To the Breathing Problems 
Of the Average American

It is asthma.
It is emphysema.
It is COPD.
It is COPs.
It is the stench of GOP hypocrisy.
It is a high life of smoking.
It is an era of burning brush.
It is a lifetime of burning bridges
& smoking enemies.
It is the noxious haze of racism.
It is asbestos & ozone & mustard gas.
It is clouds of over-cooked coal
& toxic rivers of white fragility.
It is the fetid fog of the undrained swamp.
It is buses and trucks and traffic jams.
It is planes, trains, & autoerotic asphyxiation.
It is vehicular & respiratory congestion 
with congestion prices to pay.
It is oleoresin capsicum; it is mace & capsaicin.
It is the foul fumes of the rotting corpses of theirstory.
It is the brume of brutality, the corrupt cop pollution.
It is chlorobenzylidene malononitrile.
It is the smoke & smog of privilege.
It is the murk & must of injustice for just us.
It is the peasoup of oppression.

It is the noose.
It is the knee.
It is the nation.

© David Siller 2020

*****

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