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Autoasphyxia - The Sins of Silence

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Autoasphixia - The Sins of Silence

The press has turned
its collective back
on the Bush Administration.
Hear no evil.
See no evil.
Speak no evil.
There is rarely, if ever,
thorough research undertaken,
as if the press wore the same
hood as the prisoners at
Abu Ghraib,
preventing critical vision,
conceding investigative incision,
enabling ominous division
and conquest of the population.

Like those who lived
in the shadow of the crematoria,
denial does not make it - not so.
And the black hood of coercion
slowly bleaches to the snow
white hood of the Ku Klux Klan.
All that's necessary for evil
to triumph is the silence
of one good man.
The powerful cowardice
of the sin of omission
is aiding and abetting
democracy's attrition.

"A time comes when silence is betrayal."
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

- Vi Ransel
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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).
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