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  • 73.
    Burr(r) Oak Cemetery aka How Cold is That!

    In the south side outskirts of Chicago,
    Where President, then US Senator, Barack Obama made himself known.
    In Alsip, at the cold-hearted Burr Oak Cemetery, the owners,
    -If you want to know,
    Decided to ‘resell’ the land, not ‘loan’,
    Previous plots,
    -mind you that bodies were entombed,
    -that were owned by others.
    Some where famous,
    such as civil rights icon Emmett Till,
    Blues singers Dinah Washington and Willie Dixon.
    - and some were not
    The plots were the final resting spots,
    For fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers.

    .How cold is that?

    Some bodies where exhumed, some of them were mutilated,
    --and taken to a trash heap.
    Other caskets were crushed to make room for more.
    Headstones were removed,
    --once for the family member’s memories to keep.
    These souls are not resting in peace.
    Come to think of it,
    - Michael Jackson’s is at not at peace but rather at a ‘piece’.
    His body is not buried yet,
    It has been two weeks ago, lest we forget.

    How cold is that?

    Last Tuesday, there was memorial service for Jackson.
    However there was not an open casket.
    Was his body there?
    Doesn’t anyone at the memorial service even care?
    His brain is in a forensic toxicology lab somewhere.
    It’s a pain to die, especially when you are or aren’t famous.
    Where ever it may be,
    Neverland or Burr Oak Cemetery,
    - it’s rather incredulous.
    By the way, where will the brain go?
    Is it possible that they are putting Michael Jackson’s body on ice?
    So to speak, for a few more weeks?
    To make sure that he is all intact when Jehovah summons his body?
    Is there no end to this mayhem, please help somebody!
    As far as the Burr Oak Cemetery situation is concerned;
    “The suspects, all of whom are black, were identified as Carolyn Towns,49,
    Keith Nicks,45, and Terrence Nicks,39 — all of Chicago —
    and Maurice Dailey,61, of Robbins. (Illinois)
    They each have been charged with one count of dismembering a human body,
    -a felony.”

    How cold is that?

    7-10-09 read more »

  • 74.
    .The Mendacity Of Hype

    Blowing in from under Daley's shadow, Cook
    county, liberally
    sponsored by green gas- read more »

  • 75.
    Cotton Candy

    We walked on the bridge over the Chicago River
    for what turned out to be the last time,
    and I ate cotton candy, that sugary air, read more »

  • 76.
    This Moment

    This moment on the road
    St. Louis to Chicago
    on a sunny day, read more »

  • 77.

    Walking through the haze, yet i can barely see,
    i cant find you, and i cant see me,
    you regret the day when i found, the hole in the ground,
    you told me lies, and lead me round and round, read more »

  • 78.
    George Zimmerman, 'Not Guilty' A Travesty Of Justice?

    What happened to Trayvon Martin shouldn’t happen to any 1,
    And yet, this killing is not the worse thing that has been done,
    Weekend before George Zimmerman’s not guilty of any & all,
    51 Black on Black gunshots 40 wounded 11 would fatally fall. read more »

  • 79.
    My Whole Family Is Dysfunctional

    I haven’t spoken to my brother in ten years.
    His brain was slammed in a car accident,
    never got any therapy because dad didn’t believe in it. read more »

  • 80.

    Sing the Chicago
    Sing the Chigago
    Blues read more »

  • 81.

    Strange bird,
    His song remains secret.
    He worked too hard to read books. ... read more »

  • 82.
    Mindless Observations

    The great Chicago Fire
    Happened long before
    Morrison started paying any attention
    To the blood all in the streets of the city read more »

  • 83.
    Feeling Like Mike Hammer

    I feel like Mike Hammer after the third or
    fourth attack by a gunman in one day, I
    feel all fatigued and evil, finding the noise
    in my downtown Chicago just too much; read more »

  • 84.
    My Comments, When I Read An Excellent Poem.

    Verily a poem of this artly expressed talent
    did knock me over...
    I originally hail from Chicago, not Dover.
    I know of art in it's raw, rarest form... read more »

New Chicago Poems

  1. The Chicago Poem, Jerome Rothenberg
  2. Evening Song, Sherwood Anderson
  3. My Kind of Town, Ima Ryma
  4. Jackie Robinson West, Ima Ryma
  5. Crackling Again, Donal Mahoney
  6. People Who Live Above Stores, Donal Mahoney
  7. Lake Michigan, Kate Harrington
  8. To Conjure Up, Kevin Kiely
  9. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  10. Caseworker Determining Eligibility, Donal Mahoney
  11. Caseworker: Yams and Plantain, Donal Mahoney
  12. The Great Chicago Fire, Thomas Koron
  13. Cats At Their Bowls Lapping, Donal Mahoney
  14. Shall I Compare She to A Chicago Winter, Lore Me34
  15. Gentleman, Jaipal Singh
  16. Chicago, Morgan Michaels
  17. Lemon Underwear, Donal Mahoney
  18. Cub and Flub, Ima Ryma
  19. Bending, Grabbing, Sorting, Donal Mahoney
  20. Winter on Astor Street, Donal Mahoney
  21. Chicago Dog, Ima Ryma
  22. An Irish Enclave,1956, Donal Mahoney
  23. Harvesting Pumpkins, Donal Mahoney
  24. 3-year old among 13 shot in Sanford Fla..., Luke Easter
  25. Elegy, oskar hansen
  26. Scene from Yom Kippur 1972, Donal Mahoney
  27. Savannah Belle, Donal Mahoney
  28. Gunners Be Gone, Ima Ryma
  29. Chicago, Marissa Liebowitz
  30. Trumpeter Swans - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  31. Lookıng For A Girl Across The United Sta.., Nicolas GRENIER
  32. Armadillo Home, Donal Mahoney
  33. Chicago, everette johnson
  34. Bag Lady, Donal Mahoney
  35. Coal Bins, Donal Mahoney
  36. Letter to Annie Far Away, Donal Mahoney
  37. Caseworker's Tune, Donal Mahoney
  38. Satin and Grace, Donal Mahoney
  39. On the Road to Chicago, Donal Mahoney
  40. Bells from the Cathedral, Donal Mahoney
  41. Southside Chicago Blues, George Hunter
  42. Chicago [1920's slang], R.K. Cowles
  43. Chicago, Charlotte Lidia
  44. 'Lemon Underwear', Donal Mahoney
  45. Providential Hope In The Windy City, Albrando Lucino
  46. WINGS OF A DOVE, Aldo Kraas
  47. GOING DOWN, Aldo Kraas
  48. Chicago through my eyes, tationa triplett
  49. CHICAGO SAMBA, Aldo Kraas
  50. Yesterday, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
  51. Chicago, Cadence Hanshew
  52. Charley Plays A Tune (V5), Michael Lee Johnson
  54. Chicago Fire, Kurt Kacich
  55. Changing Of The Seasons, Shel Silverstein
  56. For Selma, Langston Hughes
  57. Brass Spittoons, Langston Hughes
  58. a friend in chicago is in relationship, RIC S. BASTASA
  59. CHICAGO ART INSTITUTE, Michael Pruchnicki
  60. ''The South Side of Chicago'' by David H.., David Hart
  61. Travel Haiku - Chicago, my other Paris, john tiong chunghoo
  62. Chicago, Lea Wilson
  63. Tough Streets Of Chicago, rico avila
  64. 'Shoe Shine Boy', Linda Winchell
  65. Radio Station: Chico, The Latest News, Atef Ayadi
  66. Radio Station: Chico, Irish Tuesday, Atef Ayadi
  67. & Living Like a Gypsy, Mamta Agarwal
  68. my auntie zousy, RIC S. BASTASA
  69. Candlelight, Gus Oloroso
  70. God Bless All, Saiom Shriver
  72. caregiver leaving again, RIC S. BASTASA
  73. Chicago, Floyd Crenshaw
  74. One Sided Love, Francis Duggan
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