Charles J. Ingerson

NOT POWs

Charles J. Ingerson: Not POWs
Photo ©Copyright 2013 by Charles J. Ingerson
Not POW’s yet prisoners
in this United States to be
no wars being fought of note
yet just the same prisoners
bound in Missouri Jails
all the warrants of arrest
political and religious found
thus innocent men bound
given this purification test
any other comparison pales
six to ten months prisoners
denied their rights even to vote
in this United States to see
not POW’s yet prisoners;

All held without trial or bond
some unable even to stand
filthy food and conditions
allowed no prayer spoken
unable to escape or death
jeered and taunted daily
indeed wives raped/killed
infant children done the same
forcing other from their homes
as if nothing more than stones
all done in some law’s name
any history has all been stilled
mocked and abused daily
air stifling taking away breath
these were the nation’s token
further others’ far ambitions
none their freedom to demand
our nation’s antipathy spawned!