the short of it

the short of it

there is no sense
no logic

only short circuits
minds deranged

by who knows what

changing matters
to suit their needs

forget the needs
rights of those who matter

bullets in the back
of one walking away

whatever weapon
is handy

a knee in the neck
all life squeezed out

run for your life
when you see a pickup

a spray of bullets
punctuating supremacy

life lessons delivered
with a trigger

repeat the lesson
ten years later

hell, make it
an annual event

this ain’t no short story
this story knows no end

Trigger Warning

Laquan McDonald
George Floyd
Ahmaud Arbery
Sandy Hook

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The Dark Truth ~ prosery

The Dark Truth

A boy walks down the middle of a Chicago street at night, until he doesn’t, his bullet riddled body lying on the line between law enforcement and civility. A Chicago woman is caged for contrived circumstances during a traffic stop in Texas, bars the last thing she sees before her life ends. A man jogging down the road, alone in a time when gatherings are discouraged, is confronted by two men in a pickup truck, three shotgun blasts their deliverance of Georgia justice for the crime of being black.

There is fiction in the belief that this will end anytime soon. For each, the one thing darker than their skin is the darkness of times that never seem to end. To see the truth, imagine any past leader of color and know that, with each of these, his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream.

Although far from fiction, this is my response to Prosery: Maya Angelou, presented by Björn at dVerse ~ Poets Pub. With Prosery, the challenge is to write a piece of flash fiction with a 144-word limit. Included in the bit of prose is to be a complete line from a poem. For this prompt, the line to be included is “his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream” from Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird.” I didn’t feel I could write fiction worthy of the weight of Maya Angelou’s full poem, but this does meet the additional challenge of hitting the 144-word mark, exactly.