That black and white TV, police dogs,
night sticks, and fire hoses. 1963.
Birmingham scared this child viewer.
Now with the remote in my hand,
in full-color black dogs pull
on leashes held by corporate security.
Up the chain of command someone cried
havoc at the oil fields. Let loose
corporate dogs to draw blood
for black oil money. Scare
the people with treaty rights.
Tell them oil drives, not ancient bones,
nor sacred waters, nor wind prayers.
Only rights of passage
Handlers ignore the bones
dogs might understand.
People stand up, hope
never to be bitten again.
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