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LISTEN TO
Their heads hang
with shame
before the rich
who fleece them.
The poor of this
world.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS

Everything is upside down
For the God I believe in is
A terrified detainee
Being tortured to death
By a terrified soldier
Because we were told
To take the gloves off

A native American
Drinking himself to death

An Indian immigrant
Being shot & killed
For wearing a turban
Too soon after 9/11

A gay man
Being brutally beaten to death

A raw recruit
Left paralyzed for life
And speaking out
Against the madness of war

An abortionist
Suffering severe facial injuries
When her clinic is firebombed
...

A stop-lossed soldier
Killing himself
Rather than returning to the hell
He thought he'd finally been freed from
...

But when everything is right side up
The God I believe in will be
A homeless street kid
Welcoming an army of orphans
Into a family of gangbangers
In search of the ultimate rave
& when we finally find
The rave to end all raves
The music will rip our hearts out
& we'll never again
Be able to forget
How loved we've always been


Poem from Swimming in a Thunderstorm
by Kelly Giles, California, USA, May 2011.

Everything is Upside Down
(Excerpt)
Kelly Giles
THE POOR OF
THIS WORLD
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read
and write poetry because we are members of the human
race. And the human race is filled with passion. And
medicine, law, business, engineering. These are noble
pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty,
romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
DEAD POET'S SOCIETY
KELLY'S CHOICE
WE ARE YOUNG
BY FUN.
& JANELLE MONÁE
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION
Kelly Giles is a contemporary
Canadian/American poet, writer,
publisher, and immigration
lawyer.

He lives in Los
Angeles where he is
a voice of healing
and compassion in
the poetry
community.

Kelly Giles was
among the poets in
Los Angeles who
participated in the
100 Thousand
Poets for Change
movement on 24
September 2011.

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