As I sip coffee on Park Avenue,
White cops dressed up like soldiers in Iraq
Are aiming guns at non-whites, marching to
Protest the shooting death of a young black.
The marchers say they have the right to show
Their rage at this in a public display;
The cops say: “We say who has rights, and so
When we say move, you get out of our way.”
If this took place in Russia, we would cry
“Police state!” But because it’s here, we say
All but those two words, and repeat the lie
That we are free to speak out, not obey;
Then make sure we shout: “Cops are not assailants!”
So they can hear it clearly on surveillance.
Copyright 2014 Matthew J Wells