Yesterday, on Venice Beach, a man was struck by lightning
Honed bronzed flesh was sparked to mere crackling
Many more were shocked.
I do not mean to be flippant at the death of fellow man
No matter how Biblical his ending
The rumble it raises in me is this question;
How did this become world news?
Who decided that one death among a million
Should be at the top of every news cast?
Meanwhile another dozen die in Gaza, nameless and barely noticed
A four year old AIDs orphan coughs his final cough in Mozambique
Fifteen people are killed in a crash outside Kandahar
Scores are killed on the streets of Benghazi as Libya slides into civil war
In Gineau 24 were crushed by rap music.
I should not be surprised –
We celebrate inequality in life
So why not also in death?
One soul does not weigh the same as another
White photogenic flesh is neon
Skin that is darker, dirtier
Is worn like camouflage
Even to the grave