Some Wolves

“Bitches ain’t shit, and they ain’t sayin’ nothin’. A hundred motherfuckers can’t tell me nothin’.” ~Nicki Minage

“That which is hateful to you, do not do unto others” ~Hillel

Some wolves will escort you to grandma’s house.

All the better to help you along your way my dear.

Some wolves will chop wood and mow the grass for you.

All the better for you to sit pretty there my dear.

Some wolves will pay all your bills and taxes for you.

Don’t you worry your pretty little head my dear.

Some wolves will read poetry and whisper love to you.

All the better to forget who you are my dear.

Some wolves will demand too much from you.

All the better to step aside my dear.

Some wolves will vote for loud, orange-haired narcissists,

all the while telling you “hush hush voices carry”* my dear

Some wolves are women with ugly pant suits and secrets.

Hear them roar for all the wrong reasons, my dear.

Some wolves denigrate the dead, forgetting where they come from,

picking bones about whose lives matter. Nu, my dear?

Some wolves are cossacks and terrorists.

your taxes pay for that, here and there, my dear.

Some wolves will try to rewrite history and meaning.

All the better to know your past my dear.

Some wolves will huff and puff and howl and whine.

All the better to gather your voice, my dear.

Some wolves will tell you dreams come true by and by.

You tell them now, right now, my dear.

Some wolves will rip your heart out,

it will look like 5 quick shots to the chest, my dear.

Some wolves say there are no more miracles.

But, you, my dear, know the revolution is ongoing.

Some wolves will tell you, it’s all said and done.

With 3000 years of ghosts** behind you, stand up, my dear.

*Aimee Mann

** Some ghosts in no particular order
Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Yoni Netanyahu, Maya Angelou, Gertrude Stein, Harriet Tubman, Meir Kahane, Simon Bar Kokhba, Marvin Gaye, Harvey Milk, Maimonides,  Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Huey Newton, David Bowie, Prince, Gil Scott-Heron, King David, Theodor Herzl, Jacob Glatstein, Gabriel Gladstone, Golda Meir, and to all those who paved the way and died just being and…

Elie Wiesel–you opened our eyes, our minds, our hearts–we are forever indebted.

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