April 10, 2011

Gary Jackson: “How to Get Lynched on the Job”

Posted in Poetry at 8:44 pm by The Lizard Queen

(Another two-fer today!)

How to Get Lynched on the Job

During lunch, 3:00 A.M. in front
of the vending machines, Stuart whispered

in Nicole’s ear that he wanted to taste
her. She got the hell away,

he just laughed. It was the first time
I worried for him. Never mind

she was engaged. Never mind the harassment
suit that should’ve followed. She was white.

Whistling and whispering, it’s all the same.
The truth is the world ain’t changed.

None of us are far
from ending like Emmett.

—Gary Jackson, 2010

From Missing You, Metropolis

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