Black Lives Matter, Contemplations, Justice, Nature, Poetry, Reflections

IN BED PEERING

In bed peering out my bedroom window

i see the Man in the Moon smiling

at me in greying night sky

as John Coltrane’s sax serenades

me to deep sleep 

When morning arrives i open my eyes

and see in the blue sky the shining sun

welcoming me to a new day in North Park

where Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter, Contemplations, Justice, Poetry, Reflections, Social Commentary

STAND YOUR GROUND

Emmett Till’s crucifixion 

On the flaming cross

Of the Ku Klux Klan

Has been resurrected

In Sanford Florida

Where Trayvon Martin

Was martyred 

For being Black 

Wearing a hoodie

And walking 

In a white neighborhood

Stand your ground

Join with me

Chop down 

The legal lynching tree!

Black Lives Matter, Contemplations, Justice, Poetry, Reflections, Social Commentary

LOST CHILD

I wait in the courthouse

for my 13 year old client

to be brought to Juvenile Justice

After patted down and frisked

by arsenals in uniform

he shuffles from a concrete cell 

in shackles of shame

to the court room and back

to his steel spring bed

He is a child at risk   

who when released

returns scared & scarred 

to the hood

without a neighbor 

Where homies share war stories

as cop cars cruise

to catch gang bangers

and wannabes 

in the ghettos and barrios 

of the other America