Scratching their poems on styrofoam cups,
The orange jumpsuits pass them  along,
Under the scorched-out Cuban sun, through  bars,
Telling themselves—and reminding the  world—
They are men, and this  Inquisition
Also must pass, this auto da fe,
Flushed down history’s  manhole,
Must bring shame in the Later  Years
When men and women re-tell the  past—
La Conquista, the Crusades, the  Slaughter
Of the Innocents—all the lost  causes.

There in the cups, drops of Christ’s  blood
Appear out of nowhere, mingle with the  tears
Of God, of Mohammed—the shepherd  boys
Tending their flocks, dreaming under white-hot  stars.
What distant fires illuminate their lives

On what worlds reaching beyond this  hothouse?

Here is grief and love and hatred  mixed
In bitter cups to be drunk at  once
Tossing the head back carelessly; here  is
The taste of this world—what we have  become.
Does it go down easy, cause revulsion,
Trip-wire the memory?   Does anything
Ever come to anything more than a  dream
Of home, struggle, certainties of  Truth,
A mother’s, father’s, lover’s, friend’s or child’s  embrace?

Gary  Corseri has  posted/published work at Cyrano’sJournalOnline, ThomasPaine’sCorner,  DissidentVoice, CounterPunch, CommonDreams, The New York Times, Village Voice, The Digest and over 200 other venues  worldwide.  He can be reached at
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