April 10, 1999

by June Jordan


The enemies proliferate
by air
by land
they bomb the cities
they burn the earth
they force the families into miles and miles of violent exile

30 or 40 or 80,000 refugees
just before this
or who knows where
they disappear

the woman cannot find her brother
the man cannot recall the point of all
     the papers somebody took
     away from him
the rains fall to purify the river
the darkness does not slow the trembling
     message of the tanks

Hundreds of houses on fire and still
   the enemies do not seek and find
     the enemies

only the ones without water
only the ones without bread
only the ones without guns

There is international TV
There is no news

The enemies proliferate
The homeless multiply
And I
I watch I wait

I am already far
and away
too late

too late

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June Jordan, (1936-2002), a self-described "black radical," was a UC Berkeley professor of African American Studies, award-winning writer and tireless civil rights activist. Jordan died on June 14, 2002 after a long battle with breast cancer.

Published under the provision of U.S. Code, Title 17, section 107.
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