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Racial Fear

Racial Fear. 
From the parking place, at the supermarket, I had
to take a lift one floor down. Outside the lift three
black youths slouched and when I entered the lift 
they came in too, swaggering as only the unsure can.
As lift´s door closed I jumped back to the parking 
place; scared ran into my car and looked the doors.
I said to myself, this is idiotic, I had the image from
TV of a black young man with a cleaver in his hand
dripping blood like he had just killed a deer, and he
was shouting about people killed in Afghanistan like 
his inane actions would help them. I had been silly
victim of lurid newspapers propaganda, took the lift
back down to the supermarket. saw them storming 
out grinning crazily having robbed the till.

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  1. Date: 6/3/2013 6:44:00 AM
    Nice poem.

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 4:11:00 AM
    "Swaggering as only the unsure can" has Jan Oskar all over it. When I scorn myself for jumping to conclusions, I will remember this. I'm frightened by the demeanor, not the color. Then again Ted Bundy seemed okay. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 5/26/2013 12:36:00 PM
    Unexpected twist... very nice... Terry