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Apologies to Hughes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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