June Jordan

(9 July 1936 - 14 June 2002 / United States)

Letter To The Local Police - Poem by June Jordan

Dear Sirs:


I have been enjoying the law and order of our
community throughout the past three months since
my wife and I, our two cats, and miscellaneous
photographs of the six grandchildren belonging to
our previous neighbors (with whom we were very
close) arrived in Saratoga Springs which is clearly
prospering under your custody


Indeed, until yesterday afternoon and despite my
vigilant casting about, I have been unable to discover
a single instance of reasons for public-spirited concern,
much less complaint


You may easily appreciate, then, how it is that
I write to your office, at this date, with utmost
regret for the lamentable circumstances that force
my hand


Speaking directly to the issue of the moment:


I have encountered a regular profusion of certain
unidentified roses, growing to no discernible purpose,
and according to no perceptible control, approximately
one quarter mile west of the Northway, on the southern
side


To be specific, there are practically thousands of
the aforementioned abiding in perpetual near riot
of wild behavior, indiscriminate coloring, and only
the Good Lord Himself can say what diverse soliciting
of promiscuous cross-fertilization


As I say, these roses, no matter what the apparent
background, training, tropistic tendencies, age,
or color, do not demonstrate the least inclination
toward categorization, specified allegiance, resolute
preference, consideration of the needs of others, or
any other minimal traits of decency


May I point out that I did not assiduously seek out
this colony, as it were, and that these certain
unidentified roses remain open to viewing even by
children, with or without suitable supervision


(My wife asks me to append a note as regards the
seasonal but nevertheless seriously licentious
phenomenon of honeysuckle under the moon that one may
apprehend at the corner of Nelson and Main


However, I have recommended that she undertake direct
correspondence with you, as regards this: yet
another civic disturbance in our midst)


I am confident that you will devise and pursue
appropriate legal response to the roses in question
If I may aid your efforts in this respect, please
do not hesitate to call me into consultation


Respectfully yours,


Comments about Letter To The Local Police by June Jordan

  • Susan Williams (12/28/2015 1:36:00 PM)


    I had to go check her biography when I saw this letter seemed to be written by a married male. I have already referenced her as a female in earlier comments on her work. It was odd how thinking she was a male threw me- I based my supposition on her name and the tone of her poems. Turns out she was bisexual so hearing her in different voices will no longer jolt me (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 22, 2010



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