WHY DO BLACK LIVES MATTER?

When every day we see them lost by legal lynching

Easy targets for the police and press

to stigmatize and demonize

because of our color

Why must we relive America’s bloody history

of slavery, Black Codes and Jim Crow

with daily accounts of legal lynching?

Why in this new century do

Black Deaths Matter?

 

 

 

 

 

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RUM Y RUMBA

In Vedado lovely senoritas

of summer swing and sway

ripe mangoes and melons

as they stroll in style

down calle San Lazaro

to el Malecon at sunset

where mellow machismo

struts and swaggers

in sleeveless shirts

and lingering laughter

to the beat of breaking waves

and rolling thunder

I finish my mojito

and join the throng

celebrating at sundown

the rites of rum

and Yoruba rumba

rumba rhythm

ON THE PEOPLE’S LIMO

I routinely ride on the people’s limo

from uptown to downtown and back

where I see faces of all shades

and conditions of the human family

including a few funny crazies

We sit together like comrades

talking, texting and staring

at passing traffic and pedestrians

walking their dogs and pushing kids in strollers

Sometimes we sneak a peek at each other

smile

and wonder why the world can’t get along

like we do when riding the bus

Is it because we get off at different times

in different places and different spaces

and are no longer together

on the people’s’ Limo?