© 2018 Sy’needa Penland
Stand your ground, are the final words
that echoes through the mind
of a fallen youth, before their
lifeless body falls to the ground.
Shots fired, blares across the net,
as panic reaches the desk—
of the top brass, whose ass
is on the line.
Cops blind, to justice!
Blind, to the emotions
of the families who will bury
their son (or daughter) too soon!
Because they chose to
stand their ground!
To fight for justice!
Isn’t this why we elect members
to serve in Congress?
To represent our rights,
so we can sleep in peace at night?
Or, are they paid to stand by
for just the right moment
to raise hell, in front of the cameras!
While nothing gets accomplished!
While the government shuts down!!
Since the election of Donald Trump,
watching political shouting matches
has become the best prime-time entertainment
yet I was more entertained, as a child,
watching the classics of Donald Duck.
But today’s youth don’t give a #uck
about cartoons!! Or politicians!
Come high-noon— it’s all about survival
in these means streets. The way they see it…
It’s either you or me!!
So how do we create peace and love
in modern-day America?
When ancient scriptures are still guiding Us!
When the laws are not upheld to protect Us!
When the streets are designed to kill Us!
When government science labs study Us!
When the government schools
and other systems deny Us…
Fair Justice and Equality!
And the last thing the Spirit hears
before it leaves the lifeless body
of our children….... Shots Fired!
How do we create Peace and Love…
We become it!!