Safe To Say
How ghastly the day before yesterday was
now everyone associated with it is dead.
In the future I’ll be against
what’s going on now.
I’ll be on the television,
horrified. But not yet.
As a civilised person,
I’m absolutely in favour of the nice policeman now,
one hundred percent against the tear gas and dogs
you forced him to use on you back then.
Sometime the century after next.
I’ll be against giving the children of Bethlehem
something from Lockheed Martin
to occupy themselves with for Christmas.
Like I was against rhino-whipping the blacks
into line in Port Elizabeth, Ladysmith, Pietermaritzburg
after it stopped happening.
But, for now, see no alternative.
Feature image: police dog during a demonstration in England.