Aug 24, 2014
It is not enough
To unfollow these sorry fools on Facebook.
When my time line
Devolves into bullshit and victim blaming,
A wasteful circle of whose grammar
As if knowing the difference
Between their and there
Will bring somebody
No one in this thread knows personally
Back from the grave.
As if changing the point from
To your personal feelings
A whole coastline away
Is going to save anyone this time.
I am sitting in a room in Berlin,
Scrolling through facebook.
Outside the streets are busy,
The market smelling of Turkish delight
And curry wurst.
Not so long ago
These streets looked like Ferguson.
looked like Gaza.
looked like something someone shared
On my facebook wall this morning.
And we have started to block,
To click “hide”
To hide from the fact that just because
It isn’t happening here,
Doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.
Doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.
It is easy to look around this
At its graffiti art and high rise apartments
And forget that it was almost
Wiped clean from the face of the Earth.
My facebook wall
And the Berlin one
Are covered in chicken scratch,
In ugly and insulting,
But also in art-
In color and expression.
I just want the paint on these walls
To be loud enough.
Because I keep hearing the shit
And the trash and the ugly people
Who keep talking
Because they like to read their words splashed
That ought to be torn down.
Walls that tell us that people
On the other side are different.
That struggling is controllable,
That silence is effective
That it’s all in our heads.
I am writing in Berlin
Where Hitler tried to murder
Every single unarmed Jew.
And history is shouting at me from every
Street corner and parking lot
While BBC news shows footage
Of another unarmed black boy
Being shot on his way home.
And I wake up thinking about it
Scrolling through pictures of dogs
And engagement rings
On my iphone
Until jarring images of tear gas
And rubber bullets
Come Technicolor through my screen.
I am hurt
And I am angry
And I am tired of people being told
Not to be hurt and angry
Because there are still thousands of humans
That no one got to say goodbye to.
The difference is that our gas chambers
Are livestreamed on youtube.