Totem

by wechslerh66

Lynching

remember when hate was the way it ought to be,
not the way it was

tonight I want to redeem racism
from the racists
who do it all wrong

we have come for light

every time the ball drops,
we’re lost in a masquerade

a warped time continuum
where the past is the future
& moments are monuments
museums mausoleums

maybe tonight it’s the cops
coming for us

maybe tomorrow it’s the cops coming with us

towards those reoccurring dream-wrapped flames

where Lucy waltzes with George in a taffeta dress
occasions dark crimes and tortured confessions
lies are dark monsters
in dreams she’s mine

she walks into the room with zeroes in her eyes
she says, the South shall rise
and who wants to die?
she says, the South shall rise
and everybody get high
with zeroes in her eyes
and explosions in the sky
she says, the South shall rise
she says, the South shall rise

because a hundred years ago we set a man on fire,
but the fire still burns

Photo: the lynching of Jesse Washington, Waco, TX, May 1915. Courtesy of http://baylorlariat.com/2012/02/02/documentary-sheds-light-on-waco-lynching/.

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