March For Women

The President isn’t the disease

he is but a symptom.

The disease is not new,

it is not worse now

than it was a couple of years ago

or a couple of decades ago

or a couple of centuries ago.

It is, as they say,

what it is.

It isn’t about hatred and bigotry

it isn’t about violence and war

it isn’t about immigration and deportation

it isn’t about healthcare and education

it isn’t about student loan debt and abortion

it isn’t about women’s rights and human rights

it isn’t about police officers and prisons

it is, as they say

what it is.

It is now, and has only ever been

about fear.

Certainly, it is also about greed

but where does greed come from

if not from a place of fear?

and not the fear of one man

or the greed of one man

but the fear of a nation

and the greed of a nation.

The President is not the disease.

Bernie or Oprah can win in 2020

and, while things will certainly seem better

and things will certainly look better

and things will certainly feel better

and, of course,

things will certainly be better

that will be so

only because the terrifying symptoms

will have subsided

but just beneath the surface

there will the disease be,

and just out of sight

there will the drones fly

and the bombs drop

and the civilians die

just as they do today,

just as they did a couple of years ago

and a couple of decades ago

and a couple of centuries ago

and so it goes…

but it doesn’t have to

me and you have the power

you and me hold the key

to the Eden

you and me can stop the disease,

we have the cure

and I am sure

because I have seen

with my own two eyes

how fast a fire dies

if you stop adding fuel

I have caught a glimpse

of the golden rule

and this I know

symptoms come and go

but the disease will grow

though it may slow from time to time,

marching on Washington

and shouting rhymes

won’t bring rights to women

or stop civilians from dying,

oh, I wish I was lying.

Marching, holding signs

is a cathartic drug

but the disease will always linger

until we pull the plug.


No, the President isn’t the disease

the disease is the government

conceived in greed

and birthed in slavery and genocide.

We can avert our eyes,

and try to hide from the truth

but the truth will always blink Morse code,

the truth will always let us know

that something isn’t right

we will never find peace,

will will never feel quite right

as long as we buy the bombs

that drop out of sight

wrong is wrong,

and right is right

and civil rights should mean for all

and human rights should mean for all

and women’s rights should mean for all,

but we always fall short, don’t we

somehow, we can’t see

that there are women in Iraq

and there are women in Afghanistan

and there are women in Yemen

and there are women in Palestine

how can we be fine

just speaking out against .77 cents on the dollar

and not about the unending list of civilians

killed by the taxes on that dollar.

Don’t march against a symptom,


and please, stop funding the slaughter

of countless women

countless grandmothers,


and daughters



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