Just Mercy

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Southern justice is the snake

that slithers up the tree

before the buzz

of  the lumberjack’s saw,

the duck of the head

to  fit it into the squad car,

the dark voice

singing in a  dark cell

put on death row

before his trial,

convicted for the

color of his skin

before he was even born,

living everyday,

never hoping

for just mercy.

 

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