Below is a video including a reading of the poem with artwork.
I wrote this poem while thinking about the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson Missouri on August 9, 2014.
America I Have Some Questions
Okay America which is it?
Is there liberty and justice for all?
Or just liberty for cops?
America this thing you did in Ferguson...
that was bad.
Why is it you don't know it was bad?
Why is it some say Mike had it coming?
Really America. Is death the penalty for jaywalking?
And if it is...
why didn't Mike have a trial before his execution?
You know America, a trial with a jury
and a judge and a lawyer?
America it seems to me
you have a hard time living up to what you believe.
Do you remember what you did to the natives?
Do you remember what you did to the Scottsboro boys?
Do you remember what you did to women?
Do you remember what you did to the Jews?
Do you remember what you did to the Catholics?
Do you remember what you did to the Irish?
Do you remember Colored Only,White Only?
Do you remember sitting in the back of the bus?
America do you remember who you are?
America it seems to me you have Alzheimers
and have forgotten.
Poetry, video, reading and art by David H. Roche
Postscript this news just in from Ferguson Missouri. A cop has been removed from duty for threatening to kill a protester.