A Change Has To Come!

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A change has to come.
I don’t know where from.
But the present situation is untenable
and is most definitely, unsustainable.

Too many people are living foul
while the rich are forever on the prowl
for whatever else they can steal,
and their greatest joy is to kill.

You have only to look at the endless wars
and at the refugees who face closed doors.
Take a look at our militarized police.
Do you really think that shit will cease?

Wake up and rise up!
And put down the Kool-Aid cup.
Our ass is toast and what are we going to do?
Because I am getting screwed and so are you!

What have we to look forward to? Thanksgiving?
How the hell are you even making a living?
The hiring signs I see are all for part-time.
And after you pay your rent, you don’t have a dime.

This is not how it used to be.
But it’s the new norm for you and for me.
You didn’t think that police brutality was real.
And yet every Negro knew the deal.
The videos of murder proved you wrong.
And now you know why Negroes have been protesting for so long.
We were the bad guys or so you thought.
You were not subjected to the system that we fought.

The Black Panthers were all but wiped out.
And the assassination of Malcolm X was political without a doubt.
Martin Luther King Jr., was slain as well.
And the Civil Rights Movement went to hell.
If not, why are we still marching to “No justice! No peace?”
We are not even at the table and when they sliced the pie, we didn’t get a piece.
But you tell yourself that rioting and looting is not the solution.
So what should we do? Recite the words of the Constitution?

One way or another, this shit must end.
And my right to live, I will defend!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

What About We Don’t Forget?

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Forget about the Alamo.

What about the Arapaho?

 

Forget about the Civil War.

What about the need for more?

 

Forget about the stars and stripes.

What about the stripe that bites?

 

Forget about the three-fifths rule.

What about the vote, you fool?

 

Forget about the constitution.

What about our destitution?

 

Forget about our tainted food.

What about our lust for crude?

 

Forget about the brave and free.

What about the bombs you see?

 

Forget about how bad you lie.

What about your reasons why?

 

Forget about the maimed and dead.

What about the ones who’ve fled?

 

Forget about the call for peace.

What about corrupt police?

 

Forget about the military.

What about a sanctuary?

 

Forget about the middle class.

What about the corporate ass?

 

Forget about incarceration.

What about an education?

 

Forget about the nation’s debt.

What about the homeless vet?

 

Forget about the golden arches.

What about the protest marches?

 

Forget about atrocities.

What about democracies?

 

Forget about a Ponzi scheme.

What about al-Qaeda’s team?

 

Forget about a missile launch.

What about the wounds we staunch?

 

Forget about a global threat.

What about a child’s neglect?

 

Forget about the global bank.

What about our earnings shrank?

 

Forget about the wars we’ve fought.

What about the truth is taught?

 

Forget about what’s yours is mine.

What about we draw the line?

 

Forget about the poor who struggle.

What about the arms we smuggle?

 

Forget about the isolated.

What about we stop the hatred?

 

Forget about what we regret.

What about we don’t forget?

 

 

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2013 Shelby I. Courtland