2 ways of looking at #Ferguson


A thematic patterning of injustice,
a criminalization of birth,
a timeworn motif of yet another
young life
sacrificed to a simmering white indifference,

the blank stares
of summer pavement.

An introduction to some
heretofore willfully oblivious Caucasians
of the black side of American history.


An allegory of what happens
when laws are enforced
without just representation.

A city defined
by civic disengagement.

A segregation from agency so replete
the primary constituents
have no gussied words to convey
their grievances,

such that all that is said is a scream
falling past
on flinching ears.

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