It Is the Law

Willem de Kooning

The uniforms
will always change
as do the authorizations
Once they came for the Jews
scarred with yellow stars
wearing high boots
of the gestapo

It’s time to go
they always tell you
in their words not yours
So they came for the Writers
censored by the kremlin
wearing black coats
of the KGB

It is the Law
or so they’ll reason
excusing their culpability
Now they come into the Barios
the fields & the orchards
bearing hand`cuffs
of re`portation

“The Indiscriminate Citizenry of Earth
are out to arrest my sense of being a misfit.
‘Open up!’ they bellow,
hands quiet before my door
that’s only wind and juniper needles, anyway.” ~ Maria Melendez


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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