Manufactured Conclusions

"Girl on Fire"
8" x 10" mixed media on canvas


A Protest is an Effect,
not a Cause

The Cause 
is carrying the weight
from the last stick
of the American Dream
on our shoulders

Our broken backs
an institutional system
of stark inequality
for ALL our citizens

It is far easier
to dismiss protests
as insignificant
than it is to acknowledge
the preventable tragedies
that led to societal rage

Yet in the end,
we will hear the same
manufactured conclusions
readily supplied
by an infrastructure
more than ready
to justify its own greed
at our expense.