13…An Amendment In Name Only

 

I am sad, a sadness
that was never
there, but
should have been,
should have been born
in my soul at birth
I am
sad for people
I don’t know, will
never know
I am sad that I didn’t
know to be sad
so much wasted time
of oblivious
living
while millions
millions oppressed and denied
…denied and died
of slavery converted, of
false freedoms and
real humiliation
institutionalized
codified
redefined…exit a civil war
vast landscapes of destruction
rebuilt from
the failures of conflict
but not so fast…
the souls destroyed inside of
human beings
ignored over commerce
over property;
chain ganged and led
inevitably
to death
and
I
thought
life
went
on
now fast forward…prison
the new new slavery
looking for
1 in 17 white men
1 in 3 black men
not hard to tell who
the red laser dot is floating on
the man
in his sad 6 by 9 said
I’m not a nigger any more
call me
criminal…
a new box but
it’s the old slavery
it’s the same
fear…the same
death

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