Danger – poem

danger

hands up
laid down
car stalled
traffic stop
cigarette in my hand
leather wallet in my pants
piece of fabric on my hair
danger danger everywhere
can’t walk
can’t jog
can’t pray
can’t play
can’t get enough clean water
to get me through the day
i’m a thug bringing terror
i’m a welfare queen
i’m the living legacy
of the wished to be forgotten
memory of misdeeds
school to prison pipeline
major sentence
lesser crime
handcuffed
locked in
inner city sanctioning
i’m a long term prisoner
of your blasted lies
ripping right on through
your rotted broken dream disguise
my blood is flowing in the streets
don’t you care?
danger danger everywhere

Sumayyah Talibah © 2017 January 24

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