WHEN A BLACK BOY WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

image copyright Michael Fleshman http://www.flickr.com/photos/fleshmanpix/6864004618/ Title: Trayvon Martin Occupy March 21

Photo credit: Michael Fleshman / CC BY-SA

who would have thought
skittles and ice tea was
a death sentence
not even Dr. Oz

when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night

hard rain falling
lady death whisper
in the air
a boy with a dream
walks home at night
to watch an all-star
basketball game
gunned down by a wanna-be cop
and Florida’s “stand your ground”
license to kill law

when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night

justice denied
by a poor prosecution team
and a judge’s tortured
jury instructions
for fear the verdict
might be overturned on appeal

when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night

no appeal for Trayvon
no appeal for the dead
in the State of Florida where
a young black boy
must forever fear
to walk home alone
in the dark of night
always within a legal
sniper’s gun sight

when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night

lock and load the chamber
no safety on the gun
make it as black as the night
holster it at the back hip
to keep it from sight
know the law is on your side
black is black white is white
it’s OK to shoot on sight

when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night

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About A.D. Winans

A. D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet, writer and photographer. He was friends with Jack Micheline, Bob Kaufman, Charles Bukowski and other poets and writers of the 50's and 60's. The author of over 50 books and chapbooks of prose and poetry, his work has appeared internationally and been translated into nine languages. He is the winner of a 2006 PEN National Josephine Miles award for literary excellence. In 2009 PEN Oakland presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. One of his poems was set to music and performed at Tully Hall, NYC. His book, Drowning Like Li Po in a River of Red Wine: Selected Poems:1970-2010 is available from BOS Press. He is available for readings. Visit A.D. on the web: A.D. Winans | A.D. Winans Website | A.D. Winans Fan Site

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  1. thanks

  2. Beautiful poem.

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