a very american course of study

101.
dash cam video
view from outside
Philando Castile‘s last
moments days after
a jury found the shooter
‘not guilty’
broke this camel’s back

storing
grief and rage in
my camel’s hump,
also known as my
heart and mind, for
months, sipping it slowly
like the house cocktail
served poolside

but…

this libation has
an after taste
languishing on
my tongue turning
my insides outside

can any human take in
this much rage and not explode
can any human watch this and
not be filled with fury

racism,
classism,
sexism
are
real

201.
policies, practices,
and standard operating
procedures masked as
civil bureaucracy are
informed and designed to
keep the ‘other’ out

the bar for who’s ‘other’
shifts yet remains the
same today as nearly
1,000 years ago it’s just a
matter of who is ‘other’ to you

racist white women rant
they don’t want their
tax dollars going to feed
‘lazy nigger children’
sport black eyes starred by
husband’s fist

board meetings make plans
for urban improvement, we won’t
call it gentrification, include
tom, dick, and harry
but whose representing malik

301.
racism is real
sexism indoctrinated
classism the order of everyday

13 rich white men feel
100% qualified to draft
a health care plan impacting
1/3 of the US economy
hundreds of millions
in the palm of their hands
them with no fiscal oversight

because…

racism is real

sexism indoctrinated

classism the order of everyday

401.
gun violence
plagues every
community. decades
find common sense
measured with disdain
even though cars are
licensed, registered, and insured
a congress member is shot now
it’s time for a bipartisan
conversation

never mind
sandy hook?
or aurora?
or…

Post Grad.
full of rage and grief
turning me bitter and hostile
give me pause from my constant
‘rant against racism’

film in hand he is
laughing little white boy
fills the screen blank
check in hand when
i started lecturing
cue ‘tenets of
white privilege’

sometimes it’s funny
because it’s just funny
it doesn’t have to mean
anything

ashamed my rage
repaints my kid’s
innocence i check
myself and quick

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. heyannis says:

    Wanda, you are on a roll with the poetic commentary on the American scene. I love your take and gritty pronouncements.

    This metaphor struck me: “…sipping it slowly
    like the house cocktail
    served poolside>…”
    Thank you for adding your voice, your thoughts, your feelings to the talk of the day. xoxoA

    1. I’m trying out different poetic devices to tell the stories. Thinking perhaps it’s time to workshop…

  2. this libation has
    an after taste
    languishing on
    my tongue turning
    my insides outside

    so powerful Thank you

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