“another lynching” and “GRAND jury” (poems that resist police brutality)

Read “another lynching and “GRAND jury” by Persis Karim on the “Split this Rock”- Poems the Resist Police Brutality and Demand Justice –  blog (December 2014)

Białołeka another lynching   

the body, a rotten

black or brown

blackened and

thrown down

on the trash-heap.

not throat, not hands

not heart, not legs

deserve to stand.

and when they

move, hold them.

don’t let one rotten

apple spoil

the whole bunch.

 

inferiorly GRAND jury 
what makes a grand jury so
grand when each and every
verdict seems to indicate
smallness, erasure-
a sense that the grandiosity
of an institution is
made smaller and smaller
until it makes those
perpetrating the crime
feel entitled to a bigness
that shrinks righteousness
to the margins of the streets
where the voices hushed
by the grand jury
refuse to be heard?

copyright Persis Karim, 2014

also found at:

http://blogthisrock.blogspot.com/2014/12/poems-that-resist-police-brutality_12.html

“My Father’s House” (pages 7-10) in Illuminated Verses: Poetries of the Islamic World, 2011

“My Father’s House” (pages 7-10) in Illuminated Verses: Poetries of the Islamic World, 2011 copyright City Lore and Poets House

Among my father’s favorite quatrains (roba‘i) were the following: Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears To-day of past Regrets and future Fears To-morrow?—Why, To-morrow I may be Myself with Yesterday’s Sev’n Thousand Years.

Illuminated Verses: Poetries of the Islamic World, 2011