Friday, May 04, 2012

FORTY TWO YEARS AND COUNTING, SO LONG AGO IN AMERICA, DIANA



forty two years ago, it was Kent State
a couple days later, Jaskson State,
three months later came Lawrence, Kansas 
Rick Dowdell shot in the back of the head
by Lawrence cops,
Nick Rice, standing ten feet from me,
shot in the back of the head
by Lawrence cops,
before all that was Orangeburg,
during all that 

too many Panthers to count
shot dead
for being Black Panthers
before all that was...
and in March of 1970
Diana died,
trying to fight back
with rage,
with love,

with Ted and Terry
in America
so long ago

in America


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