Journalism in Verse – EST. 2016

A person of color holds up their eyeglasses to the viewer. You can see their eyes through the frames.

This Day Acts Like…

in Identity by

                               Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing                                  can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin
 
 
This day acts like
it has no end        struttin’ around the old block.
This day acts like
it has no plan       sneakin’ inside those unlocked doors
                  diggin’ out bribes from hungry pockets
                  whisperin’: “it’s not a crime if they’re not human”.
This day snacks on history   all day long   weaponizes whiteness
      consuming itself while avoiding mirrors
            How else does it feel safe and secure when the light turns to orange
            then    shines on brown and black waiting         for the blue
                        moon reflecting monumental shadows?
                              All the while darkness searches for space
                                    meant for replenishing hope.
This day acts as if hope can be invented new every day      everyone entitled to buy it
      as if a little bleach and money can’t hurt
      as if compassion is passe
      as if the law says so…

 

 

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Kay L Cook holds a BA in Sec. Ed., M.Ed. in Special Education; certification as a School Psychologist. Her writing focuses on miscommunication due to racial, cultural and mental health differences, including systemic racism.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao.

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