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This is a political poem.

I say this, aware that it will not have the

longevity of some poems that are kinder,

Like Whitman or Brooks


I do not want longevity.

I want change.

I want it now.


I want black people to stop falling like

flies to the cracking lash of police brutality


There are no excuses.

No matter he

had a gun,

or didn't

or sold cigarettes

on the streets

or "Looked suspicious."


The streets run deep like rivers.

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