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THE PLAGUE WE CHOSE TO IGNORE (a Sonnet)

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Centuries before Covid-19 hit

A pandemic infected this country.

And since it was a plague, we ignored it.

We whitewashed genocide and slavery.

We wore politically corrected masks

To shield others from verbal aerosol.

Treating the symptoms was a short-term task.

Red, blue and white pride came before this fall.

Historic disparities reared their heads.

Structural biases waged their impacts.

Statistics mattered, after all was said

 By white men in power disputing facts.

Racism, the plague we chose to ignore,

Led coronavirus to Black folks’ door.

MURDER WILL ALWAYS BE A TRAGEDY

By Keith M. Kelley

Murder will always be, “a tragedy-“
but let’s be honest here, it’s not unique.
Chiraq’s murder rate’s a catastrophe.
Being “murdered by cop?” Man, that’s, “boutique!”
Yes, murder is always, “a tragedy-“
When ignorance snuffs another young life
And shrugs it off as, “how it’s gotta be”
Then we have grown “accustomed” to the strife.
Murder will always be, “a tragedy-“
If all lives don’t matter- why even try?
We’ll just keep watching it keep happening
You know, “it-“ letting black and brown men die!
I’m just stating what you already knew
Most of the hands that take black lives ain’t blue.