Who bombed Palestine this time?

Who bombed Palestine this time?
MOAB: Mother of All Bombs?
2 miles long—32,000 gallon payloads?
Locomotives pivoting on twisting tracks;
Railcars teeter-tottering on rotted ties,
wobbly rails—bunny-hopping over
intersections— washed out regularly like

Who bombed Palestine this time?
No “Cast Lead” operation, F-16s
“mowing the grass?”
Who bombed Palestine this time?
Remember railroad strikers? Sick leave? Safety?
Remember Ol’ Schmo’s iron fist beneath mush-
mouthed platitudes? Remember his force-feeding
Workers the contract they voted down by 80% ?
Remember Bipartisan Build Back Better? “Back to
work, boys—there’ll be no derailing corporate profits—
We’re like Boss Tweet’s gang, ripping regulations out
giving CEOs’ saddlebags the Stock-Buy-Back Mumps!”

Who bombed Palestine this time?
Self-regulation smoking gun? Capitalist magic? 50 cars?
Presto!—100? Twice As Long Trains—hazardous chemicals—
hurtling through Harm’s Way? Skeleton crew horror stories?
Cutting car-men— Presto!—remaining crew sped up?
Civil War braking making new equipment and maintenance
Mythology—spread sheet fiction?

Who bombed Palestine this time?
Who control burned from gated/guarded enclaves—children’s
Boarding schools outside Ohio/Pennsylvania Sacrifice Zones?
Who made mushroom cloud-blackened soot? Poisonous gas
fetching Flint water from Ohio’s rivers; dead fish-filled streams
and coops of dead chickens?
Who wrote $1,000 ‘Convenience Checks’ kicking cancers down the road?

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.