THE MESSAGE


What an occasion – a Washington inauguration,
A second one of the first US President,
Of color. The occasion more than merely exciting,
Memorial, historic, groundbreaking!
A Chi-Town girl of color, a participant, an honoree:
She was – Young, Gifted, and Black.
She went home, to be heard from never again,
Gunned down, like stalked prey, in the street.
The reaction? We shook our heads: “What a shame”.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A Chi-Town man, [three] decades long,
Taught, encouraged, molded, hugged ,excited,
Dozens of Chi-Town’s kids,
His/Their work, discipline, talent,
Exposed nationally, their Angelic voices,
Exciting, memorable, premiered.
Chi-Town, merely days afterward, again,
Enveloped violently; massively. - The message? Evil speaks.
“You can have your pretty talented little back girls”,
“You can have your decades long workers”, . . . but, . . . I got this!!!

The message? For evil to flourish, all it takes,
Is for many good Men/(Wo)men to do, . . . Nothing.

Alfreda Williamson, ©9/20/2013

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