Day 118, 30 day poem challenge day 28

Prompt: Recall a time you had to wait. Was it worth it? Consider using a form that involves repetition (sestina, villanelle, etc)

Pantoum for the People

Too slow too slow Nina croons
Moved to Paris, she wasn’t willing to wait
My son can’t wait
It’s too late for so many young black men

Nina Simone moved to Paris
Is American racism that much worse?
It’s too late for so many black men
Baltimore, Ferguson, Charleston

Is America more racist than other places?
Colonialism is colonialism, slavery is slavery
William Chapman, Freddie Gray, Tevin Barkley
What makes us such a violent, hateful people?

The history of the world is colonialism and slavery
How can I make the world different for my son?
What makes us such a violent, hateful people?
Too slow, too slow Mississippi Goddamn

How can I make the world different for my son?
Too slow, too slow, Baltimore Goddamn
Too slow, too slow, Massachusetts Goddamn
My son can’t wait.

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~ by realsupergirl on April 28, 2015.

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