Have you seen us

wrapped in a blanket

pushing a shopping cart

our only protection from nocturnal predators

walking all night?

Do you see us
lying on the sidewalk

cardboard under our spines?

Get down out of your helicopters.
Shut down your drones
Remove your eye
from the top of the pyramid

Our sign is the sign of
a million upstretched hands

In each open palm

a flashing eye



Barbara LaMorticella

About Barbara LaMorticella

Barbara LaMorticella lives in the woods outside Portland, Oregon. She’s a long-time co-host of KBOO radio’s Talking Earth poetry program. Her second collection of poems, Rain on Waterless Mountain, was a finalist or the Oregon Book Award.
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