in response to an interview with Rep. Paul Ryan on Bill Bennett’s ‘Morning in America’ radio show.
if you’re driving by these blighted neighborhoods you need to get involved
today we’re carpooling toferguson and i need to get gasand pay rent.
didn’t want to get out of bedtoday and go to work ‘causethis blue-black anger swallowedme whole. ‘cause yesterdayfelt like two weeks ago and‘cause rage grabbed holdboth my lungs. today i feelcapable of so little but i’mlucky i’ve got time to give.
‘a boy has to see a man working’, that’s this spiral we’re looking at in our communities
today its two texts from auntkimmy and a missed call frommom. tomorrow aunt bonniecalls.
‘cause she won’t let anotheraiken boy be shot dead.
two days ago it was me and my blank computer screen and its lack of answers ‘cause yesterday i saw my entombment in every article i read and ‘cause today my heart can’t handle white prescriptions like it used to
we’ve got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities of men not working
today it’s 3pm and my whitefriend asks what i’ve been‘up to’ and asks if i went intowork today.
just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning
‘cause tomorrow i’m flying across that body of water where so many bodies still float. today i’m reading about oxford and guilt kisses my lips. yesterday my boss asks what my brothers do and he smiles big when i say they both finished school. tomorrow i dream about a police car pulling over a school bus because this more or less is what they do.
today it’s 2 weeks since MichaelBrown was killed.
‘cause every internship doesn’t feel worth shit and resumes are on paper the same way indictments are not and tomorrow on the plane the women next to me will be so nice because of how not uncomfortable i can make my blackness be and ‘cause
the value and culture of work
today i skipped workand almost gave upGod.
didn’t think slow death should look so much like sleep ‘cause dying in the street is a just a part of this country and tomorrow killing in this city is just a man doing his job ‘cause
there is a real culture problem here
today i got out of bedto go to CVS and getsome razors and thengot back in bed.
‘cause being followed around in a store reminds me that i was born a ghost ‘cause some days over-enunciation is not enough to be seen ‘cause some days i am just here
to be dealt with
‘cause some days i know that this heartis doing all it can to survive ‘cause
today i woke up andchose to get out of bed.