Daily Archives: July 7, 2016

Culture Shot by Fred Mecklenburg

I am not a silent poet

“don’t move!” he shouts
and aims
a nervous practiced hand
bearing death
“don’t move!” he barks
at history
embodied here at arm’s length
asking “why?”
“don’t move!” he cries
“don’t move!”
where in the dimness of his world
wraps himself in oblivion
scenic horses
stride away the dream
of a moment
late villain
of imagination carried
to the hills
“don’t move!” it reads
in the caption says “the shooting
will be investigated”
“don’t move!” he knows
his dreams
will win his murder vindication
lest his world must wake
and move as if
justice baring all its dangers
and angry eyed truth
women dance
in proscenium mirrors
amber flows
the free and brave
well trained to silence smile
embrace him
“don’t move!” he laughs
“old friends
I love you just like you are
cold as death”
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I Can’t Breathe by Hafsah Aneela Bashir

I am not a silent poet

(In Alton Sterlings name…..)
Did Fanon know, so many years ago
that this world would be ablaze with fire
When he stated, ‘we revolt simply because,
For many reasons, we cannot breath’?
Did he know that the bones
of the people of colour,
like gunpowder would ignite skies
Garnering places like Ferguson, Missouri, Manhattan, New York,
Washington and Boston
together in peaceful protests chanting,
‘I can’t breath’?
Could he have known the last words each young black man would whisper-
Micheal Brown, 18, shouting,
‘Stop shooting, I don’t have a gun!’?
Could he have heard Trayvon Martin 17, state, ‘What you following me for?’ before Zimmerman’s 9mm pistol went off?
Did Fanon hear the echo of fifty bullets shoot 23 yr old Sean Bell
As he told his best friend he loved him too?
Did he hear Kendrid Mcdade 19 question  the officers ‘why did you shoot me for?’

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