Text to Resurrect Revolution


by Bob McNeil

Countee Cullen 

And I are of this consensus: 

Prejudice drafts psychopaths.  

Their warpaths  

Transfix our people to many a crucifix.  

There resides the reason why 

My protest must never relax 

From typing its attacks. 

Addressed to your psyche,  

My compositions are microphones for 

Emmett Till, Michael Griffith,  

Yusef Hawkins, Amadou Diallo,  

Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham, 

Trayvon Martin, Darius Simmons, 

Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, 

Eric Garner, et cetera, 

Et cetera, et cetera.   

Addressed to your psyche,  

You can hear the murdered entreat: 

“Don’t allow another name to join 

A homicide report sheet.  

Don’t allow another name to join 

A homicide report sheet.”

Addressed to your psyche,  

The compositions  

I’ve written are parts of a bulletin, 

The passages transmit  

To our terra firma’s retina. 

Addressed to your psyche, 

My protest wants life 

To evict the combustive

And discriminative.  

If armed with you, 

Lawfulness will live.

Bob McNeil, writer, editor, and spoken word artist, is the author of Verses of Realness. Hal Sirowitz, a Queens Poet Laureate, called the book “A fantastic trip through the mind of a poet who doesn’t flinch at the truth.” Among Bob’s recent accomplishments, he found working on Lyrics of Mature Hearts to be a humbling experience because of the anthology’s talented contributors. Copies of that collection are available here: https://amzn.to/3bU8Loi.  

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