The Prognosis

[prog-noh-sis]

noun, plural prognoses

1. Medicine/Medical. a forecasting of the probable course and outcome of a disease, especially of the chances of recovery.
2. a forecast or prognostication.
3. National Poetry Writing Month, #NaPoWriMo2015 | 30 poems in 30 days…
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FOR MUMIA…

On March 30, Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed from SCI Mahoney prison to Schuylkill Medical
Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He is being treated for dangerously high blood sugar levels
that put him in a diabetic shock.

For 35 years, this country
has tried to bury you,
smother you baritone scribble
under a Ferris wheel of appeals,
a circus of top hats
who write acts to silence you,
smear your concrete critique
as “mental anguish”
to salvage their languid careers.
Governor Corbett didn’t know jack
about that 23 hours a day
in a cell,
life.

16 years
since a Pennsylvania execution,
sugar is still cheaper than pentobarbital.
They’d rather pack your pen
with molasses, blackstrap you
to an ICU, injustice
is just as viscous
as the false witness
that sticks to your name.
A name we whisper,
make rumble,
call its bold drum into
your caligraphied veins
knowing,
your blood and ink,
crave the same
survival.

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