“maximum tolerance”

On October 19, 2016, a police car rams protesters in front of the US Embassy. Photograph taken from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/19/philippine-police-van-rams-protesters-as-violence-erupts-at-anti/.

How
come
I’m
to
keep
quiet
like
you
told
me
to
be

when –
pelted
with
red
from
the
land
you
claim
to
protect –
you
stepped
on
the
gas
and
bled
that
land
red

until

we
can’t
breathe
anymore –
not
from
your
gas
and
not
from
your
denial –

until

I
ask

(a
thousand
miles
here)

how
come
I’m
to
just
sit
down,
far
away,
you
say,
and
take
all
of
this
that
bleeds
across
the
ocean?

I can see their
blood on my feet,
pooling.

I
can
see
their
blood
on
my
hands.

I
can
see
their
blood
on
the
words
you
paint
red
as
red
as
it
is
there,
as
red
as
I
see
it
here
all
over
my
feet.

Don’t expect me
to keep sitting down.