Forgive the grandfathers? How?
How can we forget their injustices, their brutality, their waspish imperialism.
How can we forget their bullish discipline, their unbending superiority,
Their self-deluding dreams of Manifesto, their Godly Destiny,
Their autonomy to conquer, ravage, and destroy.
How can we forget? They’re still among us.
Their faces, stern, arrogant, their eyes impenetrable,
Their mouths programmed to speak outdated philosophies:
All things justified in the name of the Lord, for the deserving,
For those who abide by the Grandfather Laws.
They generate themselves,
Religiously Right in their moral judgments,
Inherited and biblicized.
Piously energetic, they have left their Mark indelibly.
Are leaving it still.
Upon the legal scrolls of the Just, the Mighty.
They jealously, zealously, intolerably,
Created Sovereignty for themselves.
Cleverly disguising it in the softer, flowing gowns of feminine garb,
They robed their Liberty in illusion, extending her arms to the poor, huddling…
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