I am trying to figure this out.
I don’t have the answer
What I know:
Our country has gone crazy
Today is uncomfortable for most everyone.
We can’t not talk about racism any longer
We need to hear each other’s pain.
What I hear:
Sirens, weeks and months of sirens
the totemic sound of America today
helicopters flying low overhead
chants resounding through the steel
and granite canyons:
Say the name: Fill in the blank.
The pop pop pop of flash grenades
The close-range bang of rubber bullets
Tear gas snaking through city streets
Wooden batons cracking against bones
I hear America breaking piece by piece.
What I see (mostly on tv)
Macy’s Herald Square on fire,
Ominous graffiti of rage
The Grand Concourse in shards
of glass and looted merchandise
Fort Greene a daily tinderbox
Smell the brimstone in the air.
I am so tired of all this winning.