Don’t Want These Killings No More

To help prompt myself I will be studying a poet – one per week.

This week is Langston Hughes.  Here is his poem Song for a Dark Girl

 

Song for a Dark Girl

 

Way Down South in Dixie

(Break the heart of me)

They hung my black young lover

To a cross roads tree.

 

Way Down South in Dixie

(Bruised body high in air)

i asked the white Lord Jesus

What was the use of prayer.

 

Way Down South in Dixie

(Break the heart of me)

Love is a naked shadow

On a gnarled and naked tree.

 

Now the poetry prompt is to write about a troubling subject.

Here is my work in progress –

 

Don’t Want These Killings No More

 

Don’t want these killings no more

black on black

cop on black killings no more

 

Don’t want these killings no more

white gangster confederate flag bearing

killings no more

 

Troubled youth

black trench coat killings no more

 

Sandy Hook Elementary youngsters

had to die too soon killings no more

 

Jogging down the road

drive by killings no more

 

No more

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Don’t Want These Killings No More