What Can We Do About This?

There’s a lot that we can do. One thing I can do is write poems. This will not be the last on this subject:


Philando Castile (July 6, 2016)


In the livestreamed Facebook video

       his fiancee reports from the passenger

seat that “police just shot my boyfriend for no

       apparent reason.” Her 4 year old daughter


squirms in the back. Pulled over for a broken

       taillight, Castile told the officer he had

a permit for his concealed weapon,

       & now blood scrawls its inscrutable maps


on his white T as he peers emptily

       upward. “Please don’t tell me this, Lord,”

his girlfriend pleads. “Please, officer, don’t tell me

       you just did this to him.” Outside now, officers


draw guns, order her to her knees. From where it lies,

her dropped cell catches a uniform-blue sky.

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