They said I was an alternate,

p
o
e
m
s

said the case was in the bag,
open and shut, they said

he was black, there was a gun,
or gun plus black equals him

A no-brainer,
they said No question

he was black They said,
do the math, dummy,

doesn’t it add up If you think
they said Think

of our children Our children
They said, oh, never mind

said the case was in the bag,
open and shut, they said

he was black, there was a gun,
or gun plus black equals him

A no-brainer,
they said No question

he was black They said,
do the math, dummy,

doesn’t it add up If you think
they said Think

of our children Our children
They said, oh, never mind

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017).

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