A Haiku for segregation era Alabama

Scenic Poplar Trees
Adorn the Mason Dixon
Where strange fruit once hung

-M.Love

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A Haiku for segregation era Alabama

Uncle Sams Nephews and Nieces (Poem)

We see seas
of dirty palms
waving like wheat straw
in summer winds

Some will win
some will lose
their minds
trying to comprehend
poverty’s affluent appearance

Some will, when
they see
what we see

We see Cadillacs
parked outside
low-income dungeons
We see glass slippers
on bare black feet

We see
toes in cement
We see
tongues in turmoil
We see
fingers idle

Like the
filthy palms
that we see

Waving
Reaching
Wanting
Pointing
Blaming
Taking
Advantage
of their disadvantage

Making the most
of
or
from
their nothingness

We see seas
of nephews and nieces
constantly increasing
by number and need

Needing to decrease
needing to release
their grip
on Uncle Sams
star spangled blazer

These Nephews and Nieces
Come up, increasing
in number and need
Needing to be needy

Needless to say
these needle marks
are invisible
but we see
his system
is what they’re addicted too

-M.Love

Uncle Sams Nephews and Nieces (Poem)