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Thursday, June 07, 2018

A Poem in Three Parts

Riot:

A clean riot is not one in which little rioters 
long-stomped, long-straddled, BEANLESS 
but knowing no Why 
go steal in hell 
a radio, sit to hear James Brown 
and Mingus, Young-Holt, Coleman, John on V.O.N. 
and sun themselves in Sin. 
 
However, what 
is going on 
is going on. 
 
 
 
 
Fire. 
That is their way of lighting candles in the darkness. 
A White Philosopher said 
‘It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.’ 
                     These candles curse— 
inverting the deeps of the darkness. 

Gwendolyn Brooks.

ntodd 

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