Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Poem in Response to the Ferguson, Missouri Shooting; Cleveland Shooting of Tamir Rice; Shooting of Trayvon Martin

O America I weep for thee!

Land of the six shooter the M-16, AR-15, the sawed off shotgun
Land where we shoot boys and teenagers if we feel at all endangered—

And of course we always feel endangered
 by the hoodie-clad black boys,
Walking down the middle of the street!

Land where racism so deep down yet so invisible to us
We can’t see what’s right before our eyes
Land where law is twisted to justify murder

O America, I weep for thee!

                [Bob Coughlin 25 November 2014]

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