georgia cry(for Troy Davis)

washes its face once again
with innocent blood
mealy-mouthed Confederate nostalgia
tells justice
‘stop squirming
we can make the laws that bind your wrists
tighter than the blindfold on your eyes’
i can’t imagine
waiting for death
to step before you
and ask you to come quietly
the Good Book in one hand and a syringe in the other
and maybe death itself
might pause and ask ‘what is wrong here?’

becomes less sweeter
no amount of Paula Deen pecan pies
will remove this taste
after the powers that be
remove him from this world
this lingering bitterness
modern day strange fruit brings by governor’s writ
and racism’s irrigation
let us not greet the morning after
with complaints about work commutes and
miscues on a baseball diamond
when this shows that they can take any Black mother’s jewel
and deliver it to dust

and the world
weeps like those willow trees one might find
on Savannah lanes
but your blood, Troy
will remain the scarlet stain on prison board lapels
politician’s records
and perhaps one day
we will replace these words
with choice bullets, war cries and fists
may our protests and our anger
be louder than their imperious glee
as they steal
the last breath from your lips.

when is a terrorist not a terrorist?

(in honor of Tyrone Johns, shot and killed by a White supremacist
June 10th, 2009)

when is a terrorist
not a terrorist?

when it’s
on two o’clock news feeds
and twitters from bespectacled birds
in neiman marcus’ finest
when it’s
an old man filled with too much hate to die quiet
desecrating memories of long lost souls
when it’s lost in bipartisan slapbox sessions
when it’s all about the recession
who do you want your enemy to look like
when you realize that you’ve been your enemy all along?

when is a terrorist
not a terrorist?

when it won’t sell newspapers
when it won’t push lobbyists to push bills
when it won’t make recruiting commercials
with kate smith altos and fighter jet fly bys
when it can be dismissed as ‘just another crazy supremacist’
when news programs can do special interest pieces
that come in conflict with reality shows
that take away from the reality that
your bills grow
and your savings shrink
and you can’t afford to be sick

when is a terrorist
not a terrorist?

ask tyrone johns to answer that for you.