Manchild in the Promised Land

for Yusuf Hawkins, Trayvon Martin & Michael Brown (& inspired by Claude Brown)

does one
run…when he
is already in
the promised land?” ain’t hard to tell
that we’ve adapted & are here until Judgment Day

even though
po-po in a position
of authority
are allowed to patrol & control
& shoot to kill at will, as if
they were overseers of a peculiar institution
situated in a land stolen
from its natives by upholders of our so-called Manifest Destiny, back
when it was commonplace to see strange fruit
hanging from a tree. yet
America still insists her dream is for everybody

“How can that be?” when you so easily extinguish
the fire in young black men’s eyes, as
though you were reaping
dreams in your
no black

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