New York Protest, 2/15/03
for Kahlil Sumad, Iraqi citizen
New Yorkers on Columbus Circle
startled by backpacked protesters
congregating on doorsteps,
like the winter winds
weaving in between police,
with their wooden barriers, black ribbon’d lapels
for fallen comrades of yesterday
Charicatured banners
of swastika-faced Bush, Bloomberg
displayed for throngs of cameras,
their heavy clicks and pops court
the euro-propaganda machine,
but the cameras don't click
and the bulbs don’t pop
for Kahlil Sumad on 58th Street,
who asks politely and without protest
"I am Iraqi, will you please remove Saddam"
copyright 2003, Frank Messina
Next Poem
Main Poetry Index