Knowing People Then & Now

Written by: Joseph Spence Sr

People I used to know,
People I don’t want to know, who are
Not capable of creating life, yet—crushing 
Its beauty like the road-raged driver of a  
Loose truck driven over freshly fallen snow on 
The landscape, where kids played, now cried.
Agonizing people, with so-called pure 
Blood racing through their veins, like water 
Over Niagara Falls—crushing,
Until resting in a disguised flow.

My heart is crying over life’s destructive beauty.
While dining with questionable royalty, 
Giving meals to those who are hungry,
Helping indentured servants over the fences
Of plantations with repressive conditions.
Setting caged birds free from beating 
Their breasts and scared wings against
The bars of subliminal captivity; mending 
Souls from despair of political fear.

Hear the rising voices of Bradley, Garvey, 
Marley, Delany, Kennedy, Turley, and 
Inspiring students at USC Berkeley crying 
For liberation. People I yet to know, 
Whose touch will be like the beautiful 
Butterfly with wings spread, floating 
Upward in such harmony with melody. 
People whose passion will let us 
Know, like Harriet Stowe, 
How high life is 
Capable to grow!

© Joseph, November 9, 2008
© All Rights Reserved

Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is 
published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which 
focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the 
World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; 
Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for 
the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran.