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…
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…
A moment of silence—
70 years…

Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet privileged to have read at the Harriet Tubman Centennial Symposium. He is Artistic Director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble UpSurge and has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. He currently is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report. Turner has opened for such people as James Baldwin, People’s Advocate Cynthia McKinney, radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee following her lone vote against attacking Afghanistan. He is Co-Chair of the NY Chapter National Writers Union (NWU). Read other articles by Raymond Nat, or visit Raymond Nat's website.