Ferguson Again

Ferguson Again

 

Related by Gilbert Hines ,writer and friend,

(whom I still miss)

said by a college teacher

“What are you smiling about, man

you are black and in America”

 

 

Maybe it is black and white

tend to think of the color blue though

Blue power the blue meanies blue guns sticks cuffs-

not all the blue is bad

but enough

or maybe they meant to shoot at his legs but missed?

I can’t wrap my head

around what it means to be black in America

maybe like being a Jew in Czarist Russia

a kurd in Hussein’s Iraq

they can go ahead and kill you

just not everyday

 

Whatever the words are now

there’s a dead man wearing a black skin

and a blue man wearing a white skin

and whatever the words are now

doesn’t have much to mean

 

first draft  11-26

revised 11-29

About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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