The Year of The Rat

The Year of The Rat
All around the world I see signs that say Black Lives Matter
while the list of Black people killed by the cops grows fatter
There are more stories about Black men being found hung
like in the song “Strange Fruit” that Lady Day sung
I daydreamed I saw the Angel of Death point to a door and say: “Your kind must go”
behind it an ocean of Covid-19 infected blood did flow
I try to search my soul for an explanation
for this murderous exaltation
But, as the say in Poker I choose to “stand pat”
for I know-This is The Year of The Rat

Hussein Ali Hill-Johnson 7/9/20

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