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The Two Percent

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The Two Percent

Sadistic sociopath
Streets and alleys bleed
across my adopted country
The Black man can't breathe

Centuries of slavery
make the blood run
bouncing over jagged rocks
I feel its legacy
in every Black pulse
people now assumed free
The rough run of fluid in veins
traumatized for generations

My Appalachian heart
distilled in the North country,
running from the violence
nurtured on Assassin's Hill
A successful white immigrant
brought down by comorbidities
of profound injury

My pulse is choppy too,
the imprint of torture and murder
resonating in the flow

One American son moving
corporate mountains
to heal the heritage of
Satanists and Nazis

The other hand in hand
with his love,
where I could not be,
wearing a gas mask,
shot by rubber bullets,
no lost eyes
Left his gun at home
and walked peacefully through
the hemorrhaging streets
because he is a patriot
without a leader
these long years
I live without sleep

I am the granddaughter 
of this man
riveted
by the face of suffering 
increasing and decreasing
pressure
alternately
on MY neck,
watching life
fade in and out
until the policeman,
his brotherhood's two percent,
was ready to
end the game
and see us ALL die

Crying to his mother waiting
on the other side
Adieu to children here 
A torturer's focused face
A limp body

Family terrified into
complacency

- Celia Quinn

By Celia Quinn

I have spent a quarter century practicing and teaching acupuncture and herbalism. I prefer the classical techniques of the ancient sages described in the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. Unlike many practitioners, I specialized in the use of the pulse as a diagnostic tool. I have studied Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen, Daoist priest and Shing Yi, a sister to Tai Ji, with Shifu Kenny Gong. I am currently retired, healing chronic illness and writing poetry.

4 replies on “The Two Percent”

It is wonderful to see you posting again. I missed your voice, your spirit, and your expressive.

Welcome back; I look forward to more.

Arthur

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 8:58 AM celiadermontblog wrote:

> Celia Quinn posted: ” Photo by ksh2000 on Pexels.com Sadistic sociopath > Streets and alleys bleed across my adopted country The Black man can’t > breathe Centuries of slavery make the blood run bouncing over jagged rocks > I feel its legacy in every Black pulse people now assu” >

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