Sunday, November 30, 2014

Donal Mahoney- A Poem

Ferguson in Black and White

Would the death in Ferguson 
have been as black and white
as many seem to think it is

if the victim had been 
white as anthrax,
and the shooter 

black as tar?
Would the aftermath 
have been the same?

Would Pastor Sharpton
have flown to Ferguson
to address the masses

while the President 
spoke gravely from afar?
Would businesses

have burned as bright 
long into the night while 
frozen cops watched?

I watched it on TV
with a cup of hot cocoa. 
I’m the one to ask.

Donal Mahoney lives 20 minutes from Ferguson, Missouri. Unlike the speaker in “Ferguson in Black and White,” he doesn’t know what happened in the death of Michael Brown. 

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