Urban Boys & the Blues

Urban Boys & the Blues

Urban Boys & the Blues

A Poem by Shirley Jones-Luke

No, they are not considered to be all-American boys,

black & brown shadows, shaping

their futures, wishing for magic

No, they are not powerless, not broken

by an unjust society, making them targets

because they are black like the cosmos

They are the descendants of another continent,

of forgotten tribes enslaved, now

the un-American negro, nigger, nigga

Yes, hunger is what they know,

fueling their passion for justice

in a country that wants them silent

Yes, they are neon signs, bodies

like electric artists, illuminating

their canvases for all to see

These boys of avenues & streets

know they carry more than struggle

in their DNA, they carry freedom



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