a Chaplin reminder

a Chaplin reminder

Artwork by Mateja Drev

mute bodies etched like sand on paper
scream the white in hollow men
who huddle like penguins.
This picture seems to speak.

in scrabbled words of a conqueror
or liberator (who knows?)
the colorless picture whispers:
backward and in chains
I didn’t believe bush
I will remain in chains
until liberation

words in shambles.
retold in parts
but heard in hearts.

figuratively castrated and
scratching his pen behind bars,
with a tender hand
and a serene mind,
someone wrote:
proof of faith
love for freedom.

with puny stash and in bold font
one wish speaks
the chaplin reminder.