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WHEN A BLACK BOY WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

who would have thought
skittles and ice tea was
a death sentence
not even Dr. Oz


when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night


hard rain falling
lady death whisper
in the air
a boy with a dream
walks home at night
to watch an all-star
basketball game
gunned down by a wanna-be cop
and Florida’s “stand your ground”
license to kill law


when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night


justice denied
by a poor prosecution team
and a judge’s tortured
jury instructions
for fear the verdict
might be overturned on appeal


when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night


no appeal for Trayvon
no appeal for the dead
in the State of Florida where
a young black boy
must forever fear
to walk home alone
in the dark of night
always within a legal
sniper’s gun sight


when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night


lock and load the chamber
no safety on the gun
make it as black as the night
holster it at the back hip
to keep it from sight
know the law is on your side
black is black white is white
it’s OK to shoot on sight


when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night

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