Once a day corporate kings knight
battalions of jackals paid in full
to sequester streets and ship the many
who need a niche to some Siberia.
No room in Odessa, Paris,
Venice, London, or Montreal;
or in America: New Orleans,
San Francisco, Manhattan, Boston . . .
this riff then on a sixties baptismal,
the Berkeley 1964 Free Speech
Movement’s origin one bright day
with Mario Savio, Bettina
Aptheker et al. blocking Sather Gate
to address the endless need for wielding
what we are to become what we can be
by jamming the wheel that’s grinding us up
to feed the gods’ immaculate machine
spitting us out as though we were their slaves.
(16 April 2013: II)
copyright 2013 by Floyce Alexander