A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Marked the mastodon.
The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
Amiri Baraka wrote the poem Somebody Blew Up America about the September 11th Attacks. The poem was explicit in its condemnation of US foreign policy which Baraka felt created a climate terrorism.
How say that by law we may torture and chase
A woman whose crime is the hue of her face? -
With her step on the ice, and her arm on her child
the danger was fearful, the pathway was wild...
But she's free! ...
for Quincy T. Troupe Sr.
father, it was an honor to be there, in the dugout with you,
the glory of great black men swinging their lives
as bats, at tiny white balls
burning in at unbelievable speeds, ridi...
I know brokers of diamond dreams,
who copulate in mines when mates are in fetters.
I know IMF; International Misery Fellows, whose
kindness borders on wretchedness.
I know desire that flowered trauma,