Why in 2020
Inspired by Elie Mystal’s article in The Nation
shared by Rich Conti
Why are my and other’s poems
from the nineteen sixties
still too damn relevant
and why is it still a curse in this country
to be any kind of different,
but especially black.
Why haven’t computers changed the world for Peace as promised.
Why do black parents still
have to have “the talk”
with their children.
Why do we even have statues honoring traitors,
where else do they have that.
There is a Boot Monument in
Saratoga National Historic Park\
honoring the major general
who beat the British there,
one Benedict Arnold.
it’s missing his name.
should we honor him, then.
Don’t mention the phrase “the lost cause”
unless you’re speaking of civil rights
which seems to have been lost
unless you’re speaking of free speech rights
of the right to not get shot, of the right-
those are the lost causes and you can add to this
as many as you can name in a single breath without stopping
why did I kneel for eight minutes and 46 seconds at
a BLM event in Swarthmore’s Umoja Park
on Friday, June 19th
as though it mattered
This 71 yr old white man still thinks he can speak