21 June 2017

There’s No Mistake About Seven Bullets


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You disarmed him and then disheartened him.
He died still sitting in the driver’s seat. 
Your terror took his arm and then his heart.
He tried to give you his driver’s license
and you gave him seven bullets instead.

Quit it.  Acquitted.  Quit it.  Acquitted.  Quit.
There’s no mistake about seven bullets.
There’s no mistake about police terror.
Quit it. Acquitted. May your guilt set fire.
May you turn to writing hymns:  “I was lost,

and now I’m found.” Amazing grace will hit
you with seven bullets, you and other
lawmakers and enforcers in terror
of dark skin colors, you who shoot then duck
and cover yourself with policing codes.

You are one of thousands, you join the list.
Quit it.  Acquitted.  Quit it.  Acquitted.  Quit.
There’s no mistake about seven bullets.
There’s no mistake about dark skin terror
police learn from the system they represent.

A reformed slave trader wrote “Amazing
Grace.”  What will you write when you awaken?
His hymn helped raise awareness of evil,
what will you raise?  How long before you’re found?
How long before we who-are-silent speak?



My blog poems are rough drafts.   
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© 2017 Susan L. Chast


4 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so agree, Susan. When will the world awaken? We are running out of time.

Martin Kloess said...

Very powerful. Alas "What is the truth?"

Samyuktha Jayaprakash said...

Amazing grace will hit
you with seven bullets

I liked your use of quit and acquit.

Overall , a powerful piece which pierces through the guilty soul.

rallentanda said...

How long indeed.! Absolutely shocking and outrageous. My heart goes out to all black Americans.
This cannot go on.Somehow you have to rid yourself of the gun culture.
If this does not happen nothing will ever change.