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If ACE Was The Place

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    by Raymond Nat Turner

    If those who rule really wanted kids to be Aces in life, they wouldn't rig the decks.

    If ACE Was The Place

    Bake sales and raffles are

    Fun, yet twisted inversions,

    If five-sided operations

    Are four part pyramid schemes…

    If ACE was the place,

    Sole supplier of weapons

    For waging “war on terror—”

    On the cheap—

    Shipper of mirrors and razors

    To Warlords of Wall Street and

    Washington—mirrors for finding

    Terrorists unerringly, and razors

    For doing the right thing: surgically

    Taking out, sans collateral damage,

    Reflections threatening our planet…

    If ACE was the place,

    Then, maybe, we could develop

    Cheryl Wilson Weapons Systems for

    Wrapping arms securely around

    Children entering the schoolyard,

    And spraying them with friendly

    Fire, with report resembling praise—

    Weapons launching tutors at Ayat,

    4th grader from Yemen, instead of

    Hellfire Missiles from drones

    If ACE was the place…

    If ACE was the place,

    Then, maybe, we could construct

    Jeanette Gearring Weapons Systems for

    Spying on students making super choices,

    Doing good deeds during the day, and

    Automatically charging them with being

    Caught In The Act?

    If ACE was the place…

    If ACE was the place,

    Then, maybe, we could assemble

    Angelica Perez Weapon Systems for

    Plotting strategies for increasing

    Jonah’s reading fluency, and

    Recognizing the twins, Brooke and

    Jasmin, without retina scans?

    If ACE was the place…

    If ACE was the place,

    Then, maybe, we could forge

    Juan Zuniga Weapons Systems for

    Listening in on conversations in

    Angel’s belly, and providing food

    With no oil, or strings attached…

    If ACE was the place…

    If ACE was the place,

    Then, maybe, we could manufacture

    More weapons of mass instruction

    For Farmer Ben and Chef Kathy

    For the war on Colonel Sanders,

    Popeye, Jack, and Ronald McDonald?

    If ACE was the place…

    If ACE was the place,

    Then, maybe, we could produce the next

    Generation of Julie Venuto Weapons for

    Launching IEPs, RTIs and other artillery

    Supporting Special Forces, armed with

    Love and commitment to Janvier, Danny,

    Dalia, Sophia, Emeline, Michael and Elijah—

    Like teachers Clementina, Chris, Rita, and Sian?

    If ACE was the place…

    If ACE was the place,

    Then, maybe, we could construct

    Lorna Cross Weapons Systems for

    Coordinating Joint Operations with Henderson’s

    4th division in invading San Francisco by BART,

    Or Yellow busses, and occupying Mission Dolores

    More often?

    If ACE was the place…

    If ACE was the place,

    Then, maybe, we could assemble

    Yusef Auletta Weapons Systems for

    Graduating, rather than assassinating,

    Ayat’s sister, the 5th grader, Mandal

    If ACE was the place…

    Then, maybe, we could develop

    Cheryl Wilson Weapons Systems for

    Marshalling ever more extraordinary

    Renditions, like Aguas, Argueta and

    Aulleta— a few good A’s—

    If ACE was the place…

    Raymond Nat Turner © 2012 All Rights Reserved

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