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written by: Norberto Franco Cisneros


"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson


When is the right time to fight for Freedom and Justice?

Is it when justice and freedom are denied?

Or when some despot in-training appears
using rhetoric that stirs genetic and divisive emotions?

Expecting loyalty and demanding you follow his siren song.
If you look like him, he insists on it.

If your ethnicity is similar to his you are chosen,
if it’s different, you don’t have a place in his world.

You will be considered collateral damage.
So when is the right time to fight back?

When you’re enslaved and can’t fight?
Or have a jackboot on your neck?

Or your fellow citizens are shot in the back without reason
and guilty law officers walk free with impunity.

He speaks of arming yourselves (not you) to defend America, (against you).
“They’ll steal your jobs, rape your wives, and control your children’s minds.”

So when is the right time?
When men with badges break down your door without a warrant?

Or they question your citizenship because the way you look?
Or when they scream at you, “You weren’t born here. You don’t belong here.”

“Watch out for the brown ones, they will take over everything. They are not us.
They don’t pray like us and don’t believe like us.”

But the Constitution and today’s watered down Bill of Rights still say differently
We are governed by a set of laws and ethical standards.

Laws apply to everybody not just men with a pinkish hue to their skin color
who have insatiable greed and need to control.

Everyone, please note, Freedom and Justice for everybody has been argued,
It should not be debated anymore; it is settled law!

Norberto Franco Cisneros

Norberto Franco Cisneros

His poetry has been published by the following: Indiana University Journal; Sound of Poetry; Avocet Review (Avocet Press); Snow Jewel (Grey Sparrow Press); Black Petals E-zine; Ilumen (Mouthfeel Press/Sam's Dot Publishing); Tuck Magazine and many others, including a genealogical webzine, and Ruh Aatish; and Poetry Soup in which he was also a featured poet.
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