Life is Splendid (for Michael Brown)

Life is splendid

just not here

where we languish in

worlds not our own

Gods we do not believe

laws that do not protect

medicines that do not heal—

our souls,

a universe-ity of pain;

modernity’s avatar for death.

Life is splendid…

just not here

where we perish

(for) in land stolen,

terms we reject…or once did

life sentences, and

death penalties for all—

those who do not believe,

in a world that can change,

in a world where love reigns,

where to love was to live

more abundantly.

Life is splendid…

just not here

where we struggle

for that something we can “feel, but never fully explain”;

new possibilities.

For something realer than this reality

where humanity means more than using

“others” as instruments

and power is the ability to care

love is the reproduction of Life.

we promise to live for that Life.

Life is splendid…

just not here

where other humans

are subhuman

where our common bonds

disintegrate toward ends

we do not, cannot share.

Where we assume violence is human.

But after all, for all we know

we are our ancestors,

great clouds of witnesses,

for we know the Creator

is in harmony with us; there is a master plan,

for we know there is unity of all living things,

for we know death exists—only in cycles of Life—

Cycles no human has the right to disrupt.

For Maat is.

Life is Splendid…

if you let it be.

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