same devil / different suit

Image: Adam Ortiz | Lyrics: Smashing Pumpkins

dictator
law-breaker
same devil
different suit

Kate Spade
children in cages
check engine
open the hood

car’s on fire
world’s on fire
put your hand
on my heart

plastic oceans
fading reefs
poison water
no relief

puppy sleeps
children in beds
we’ve lost
our way

oh god
I didn’t think
it was you
I was writing to

but here I am
with something
like a cry
stuck in my throat

when does desire
become greed
and greed become
a hole in the ground

when does vision
become myopic
and myopia
become dangerous

rampant
abuse
of
power

rampant
loss
of
life

rampant
cults
of
personality

pimping
the latest
ways
to eat

sleep
love
work
look

heal
write
see
harm

tiny prayer
flags
facing
south

my forehead bows
to the east
a sun
rising

and north and west
my own children
sleep
in bodies

today I’ll be able
to hug them
today
I’ll be able

and you
who will you be
today
how will you stay

centered
in yourself
clear
seeing

with a heart
that breaks
and beats
and goes to battle

for truth
for beauty
for the ones
whose voices

are too tired
to keep
trying
to get

our attention

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