i thought it was ironic that
fireworks lit up the sky
and people drank
to a festival
they could barely remember..
i thought it was strange that
miles away men burned
a real life hell
a real life fire
a real life smoke
and while the moon turns red
and the sun disappears
the living men dance
with fire
and smoke.
and beer.
did you know?
1 million
acres
burn.
across 7.8 million
acres.
more still.
and i thought it was odd
that while people talk about hurricanes
and solidarity
and empathy
no one in that line stopped
no one in that line
stopped
stop the police
from separating
the homeless
from
the general public.
from separating the homeless
from the general public
in two shelters
one for homeless
one for everybody else.
the general public
who are so general
so public
and so separated
and no one gave a damn
about anyone else.

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Photo taken in Summer 2017 by Saying Sooth

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