VOICES IN THE NEWS

VOICES IN THE NEWS
by
Anne Ward-Masterson

Birth rates are down

Abortion rates are up

Self-inflicted genocide


Cultural erasure
Let me add to the eulogy
Starting combustion engines
Plowing our soil so it bleeds into the Mississippi
Feeds invasive algae
Brings 24 hours of night
To the waters of the Gulf, making fish kills inevitable
Let’s get back to cultural erasure
White cousins trace their family back to
A county in Ireland
Visiting they
Walk the same paths
Sit in the same pews
Drink in the same pubs
As the ancestors whose
Bones feed the grass
In the churchyard
Black cousins
Stand on a beach facing East
Plastic in the oceans
Wonder “What part of Africa?”
The bellies of cows
Abortion is murdering American Culture
Whose culture?
Whose America?
Pollution is
Abortion is
Greed is
Killing Us all