Roosevelt Statue to be Removed from Museum of Natural History

"Theodore Roosevelt, who had fought in Cuba in 
the Spanish-American War, assumed the U.S. 
presidency on September 14, 1901. He agreed 
with his predecessor that the Filipinos 
were not capable of self-governance." 
~ Theodore Roosevelt Center 
at Dickinson State University

Tell me how to stop
caterpillars from making lace

of the emerald leaves of bok choi, 
how to keep new saplings from drowning

in a fortnight of rain. I learned
that trick with beer and salt 

for slugs, but can't bear the sight
of soft bodies shriveling up as if

doused in smoke. But it's a different
thing, this business you say you don't

or won't understand— of heaving a frieze
of confederate daughters into the air,

breaking statues off their pedestals, 
removing plates engraved with their grand-

sounding names. Metal or marble, stone 
carved in the visage of a man 

flanked on the one hand by a black
body and on the other by an Indian one,

whose decisions led to villages razed 
to the ground and a general's orders to shoot 

everyone, man, woman, child, on sight. 
History likes to remember only what art 

can beautify with gold leaf and laurels;
what it can plunder for future museums.  


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