Round and round the story goes
One that’s as old as time
Where it stops nobody knows
Causing tensions to climb
These 50 odd years since civil rights
Have made so little change
Hatred between black and white
Festers like the mange
Fear of lynching may have passed
But fear exists no less
While walking the street they’re still harassed
No matter how finely dressed
Ask Sandra Bland or Michael Brown
Oh wait they cannot speak
Too many names buried in the ground
The future seems so bleak
Justify and deny all you wish
Your blindness it won’t erase
200 years by chains and switch
Like animals kept in place
Nothing has changed in modern day
Ask Eric, Tamir or Trayvon
It matters not what any of us say
Because either way they’re gone
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~
Such a powerful poem. One of your best, I think. Well expressed.
Thank you very much, I have been writing and revising this one for days and finally thought it was ready to post.
It was worth the work. It reminded me a bit of Auden, but there was a modern freshness to it too.
Another fantastic poem. Well done
Thank you very much, I just wish it was a topic that didn’t exist.
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Dom, your words do not only express your talent, but the power in which you use them.
Thank you so much for saying so Xena and thank you for the kind reblog I really appreciate it.
Well said. we need more to be said on this matter.
Thank you my friend, I believe that we do need to speak out strongly on this issue.
Beautifully written and a strong message conveyed.
Thank you very much, I appreciate you saying so.
It is a beautiful poem and it is strongly written and it has a haunting quality that will make sure it gets down into the subconscious of whoever reads it. The premise is moral and just but sadly human nature has not changed in millennia and may not change for millennia yet to come but that is no reason not to speak the words in hopes of change. Jesus Christ spoke words of change a long time ago and there were many who said in their hearts that His words would be of none effect but of course they could not read the future any better than we can.
Having said all that — Your poem is magnificent, magnificently written, will make ripples in the seas of Eternity and maybe some sweet day one of those ripples will land on the shores of reality and the end of all such prejudician nonsense will finally bloom into the Sunlight of God’s promises. —- As well it should.
Thanks for the experience of the poem.
There is magic in your words — There is love in your words.
There is a quiet beauty in your words.
These are wonderful and kind words John, thank you for sharing them and I hope like you that one day God’s promise will come to fruition. Be well my friend and again thank you for saying them, I greatly appreciate it.
The poem touched me deeply.
Thank you John and sorry for the very late reply I have been exceptionally busy at work over the past week. Have a great weekend my friend.
Not a problem, Dom — thanks for commenting. Visit me on my new blog if you get the chance: http://www.jliming.com/
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such powerful and fascinating poem…
Thank you Mihran, I appreciate you saying so.
Most of your viewers/friends have expressed my thoughts =). Keep up the great work/writing. I look forward to more.
Thank you so much, I hope that my future postings don’t disappoint.
Never would Dom! You are great.