All Lives Matter?

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
— John Donne

Two celebrities died this week
Pundits pooled barrels of ink coast to coast;
Kleenex flew from shelves; and
Facebook filled with philosophical wealth;
“So sad” trended, looped exponentially…

123 Palestinians were
systematically slaughtered…
A moment of silence—
70 years…

Former forklift driver/warehouse worker/janitor, Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet; BAR's Poet-in-Residence; and founder/co-leader of the jazz-poetry ensemble UpSurge!NYC. Read other articles by Raymond Nat, or visit Raymond Nat's website.