A Grain of Hope

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We-DID

 

 

 

Walk with me, if you will
Five years back
When an unlikely announced
He’d run to become commander-in-chief and
People scoffed in amusement
“No, no, no,” they said
“It can’t happen.” “It won’t happen.”
“Americans won’t let that happen.”
And then it did
And then we felt our hearts dropkick our
Stomachs
Because even before we knew what exactly,
We knew what
Four years of him could do
And that’s just what it did
And every week we watched in horrific
Anticipation of
What he might say or do or steal or repeal
And every time we thought it couldn’t get worse
It did
And then three years rolled by
And sparked some hope as hopefuls said they
Could do better
And we picked our favorites
And rallied
And cast our ballots
And mostly watched our picks fall by the wayside
But one was left standing. And he’s the guy.
Now maybe you’re tickled pink with the blue ticket
And can’t wait to watch the ticker
Click in our favor in 43 days
Or maybe you’re not feeling gung-ho
It’s possible that you think taking a stand
Against just two parties is dutiful
Or noble

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Unjust Indigestion

Unjust Indigestion

Her death could have been avoided
If someone had listened to her cries
Someone left their trainers on the porch
Then muddied the house mat

They called their names in villages
And marches around the world
But the circus revolves
And the clowns keep prancing

The videos of despair continue
But weariness has sluggishly settled in
While pessimism weaves pathways
Behind the invasion of frolicking trolls

The choices are paltry
But the steps need taking
For when the mockingbird sings
Scavenger crows return home to rest

For when need is stronger than desire
And torment incites lingering disgust
Then the time for fall sowing
Comes before the spring reaping

While the chants are still being sung
With self-righteous fervor
Yet, the rhythm must be woven anew
To still the tide of pending disaster

Camille Elaine Thomas
September 20, 2020

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In the Fall of Corona

In the Fall of Corona

If you have three apples
And I have none
Wouldn’t it be fair
To give me one?

If you have a house
And mine is gone
Would you sit and ponder
Where the fire came from?

If my husband was killed
And yours still lives
Is there some support
That you could give?

If my land was in war
And I had to run away
Would you give me space
a safe place to stay?

If my child lies crying
face down on the ground
four police on his neck
no justice to be found

Well, what should I do?
What if we changed places
And you were me
And I was you?

Camille Elaine Thomas
September 15, 2020

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Knock on Wood

Knock on Wood

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Feeling Vulnerable Amidst the Chaos

 

This poem was written for Juneteenth 2020

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Treyvon Martin

Aiyana Jones

Freddie Gray

Natasha McKenna

Sam Dubose

Philando Castile

Terence Crutcher

India Kager

Alton Sterling

Jeremy McDole

Steven Taylor

Walter Scott

Tamir Rice

Akai Gurley

Michael Brown

Eric Garner

Sandra Bland

Jordan Edwards

Botham Jean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmaud Arbery

2.23 miles. Out for a run

Some Georgia boys filled him with bullets

But we don’t learn til two months later bout

This ex-cop vigilante and his son

 

Breonna Taylor

An EMT. Sleep in her bed

Police rained down a storm of bullets

But no cops have been indicted

They arrested her watchful boyfriend, instead

 

George Floyd

A man of character and stature

Who stood for something,

Killed on a curb with kneecaps in his neck

The camel’s back was fractured

 

Land of the free

Built on murder, theft, and rape

Maybe collectively woke up

Said “Now I see it!”

Revolution’s taking shape.

 

Near and far, the world was sick

But felt the fracture

They ascended like a rapture

Stepped in unison

Proclaiming BLACK LIVES MATTER!

 

        Equality don’t come on silver platters

        The world won’t sleep again til Black Lives Matter
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Martin and Malcolm Revisited


An Amiable Heart to Heart