Your ship sets out to sea
With only the stars to guide you
Was born black in 20th century America.
He was a shoeshine boy and a waiter
Nineteen years old
He lost his legs
A field of shard and wire
How many years
A city, a country, a people sliced in two
Upon a simpler time
As an outsider, looking in
You might wonder why
No glory, no golden global Oscar
Is bestowed on those
The serpent slides through the birth canal
...and out into the fullness of a life
writhing its way around the spiral of the years
Sunlight through the window
birdsongs catch the morning mist
day dreams taking flight
What is the difference between a black man and a white man?
Is there a difference between a Japanese and a Chinese?
A Bosnian and a Serb?
How about the difference between a Protestant and a Catholic?
Sometimes I feel like I’m
Just filling space
Like a poem
In someone’s newspaper