Massacre in Oklahoma, The Poem

*This refers to the Edmond Post Office Shooting

on August 20th, 1986, 14 dead, 6 injured

This incident inspired the phrase “going postal”

Massacre in Oklahoma-The Poem


This time there will not be

biz ness as us u-al

busy ness as u sua al

bust ass as one is used to

being used

no more

go in to your re gu lar job

your dreg u lar job

just part of the stag na ting mob

now say

ne mas

no more

now say

ne mas

no more

no more massacres in Oke la homeeeeee uh

no more murderings on Osage A veh nue

no more Charlie Man’s Son, yes he was

no more Jack The ripper

Will’s Son The Arsonist

no more Ray Gun The Economic Genocidist

No more:

end of part one


Massacre in Oklahoma-part 2

2) This time

noone said how nice he was

how regular a guy he was

how happy he was, drudging in the U. S. Post Office

the same lies can be told only so often

This time

noone Lied

This time

noone was surprised

This time

when twelve people died

he had died already

he just

wanted company

end of part two


Massacre in Oklahoma-part 3

3) They knew

the son of a bitch was crazy

hey, you don’t have to see a man’s dreams

to see he sees the crack in the universe

to see he sees screams

on Post Office bodies

heads in Post office bags

we all know

no one gives head

by parcel post

end of part 3


Massacre in Oklahoma-page 4

4) Company

The company

The corp o ra tion

The corpses, are rationed out

by the United ,States of-

Ms. Liberty

missed liberty

Vote for Pat Robertson

Eat at Roy Rogers

go to 7- 11

for your

big gulp and slurrrrr peeeeee

and kill thy neighbour

as thy would

thy self

8/22/86-from 8/21/86-originally written for a gig at St. Mary’s

to turn into a Popular Neurotics Piece

but it wasn’t popular with the other Neurotics.

When I read it, I would always read end of part one, etc

About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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