Body Politic, or Intensive Care

Whom the fire burned
is under gauze.
Was it once black or white or non-white?
What the closed eyes?
What myriad colors swirl beneath the bandages?
Sins of color stain even a child.
What absolution have we
if we offer such sacrifices as the gods decree?
And if it walks like blind Tiresias
what will it prophesy
but death which comes to all
and judgment.

“Yellow School Bus” © Glenn A. Buttkus: “A school bus must have a plethora of pulsating and reflecting lights, because nothing is more precious than its cargo.”

In keeping witht the theme of minimalism in art, Sanaa at dVerse writes: “I want you all to select one out of the twelve photographs shared … and write a poem. It can be an Ekphrastic poem, if you like. Go philosophical. Go dark or romantic or solemn. Share what you feel about Minimalist photography when you see it. The idea here is to provoke an emotion, and what better way to pour them out other than poetry?” Click on Mr. Linky and join in.

27 thoughts on “Body Politic, or Intensive Care

  1. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely phenomenal! I especially admire; “What the closed eyes?
    What myriad colors swirl beneath the bandages? Sins of color stain even a child.” Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt 💝💝

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    1. Susan,
      So grateful for your comment! That’s exactly what prompted me, the school bus askew, children victimized by the agendas of adults who care less about them than their color, the “gods” of the world who decree what is justice, and finally the willful negligence of the fact that as human beings, whatever color, we all are in the same boat (or bus), death and the coming judgment. We should be paying more attention to who we have driving the school bus, shouldn’t we?

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    2. Thanks, Susan. And good on you for grabbing the bull by the tail and facing the situation (as WC Fields would say). :>) Homeschooling is something more and more families are turning to across the political spectrum.

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  2. Glenn A. Buttkus

    Your take is so unique and and prophetic, coming at us two-fold, as children of color are bussed into integration, and yet “under the gauze” they become the One child. I have always yearned for man to breed himself into one race, thus banishing segregation.


    1. Glenn,
      Thank you for letting us use your awesome photo and your perceptive comment — “the One child under the gauze” is what I was going for.


    1. Ingrid,
      That was in my mind as I had just read in the news of a racial activist (running for mayor) who had once boarded a school bus and threatened an attack. These are chilling times.

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