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THE MESSAGE

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THE MESSAGE

What an occasion – a Washington inauguration,
A second one of the first US President,
Of color. The occasion more than merely exciting,
        Memorial,
	Historic,
	Groundbreaking!

A Chi-Town girl of color,
A participant, an honoree:
She was –
       Young,
       Gifted, and
       Black.
She went home, to be heard from never again,
Gunned down,
Like stalked prey.
In the street.
The reaction?  We shook our heads:
“What a shame”.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A Chi-Town man,
[Three] decades long,
	Taught,
	Encouraged,
	Molded,
	Hugged,
	Excited,
Dozens of Chi-Town’s kids,
His/Their work, discipline, talent,
Exposed nationally,
Their Angelic voices,
	Exciting, 
        Memorable,
	Premiered.

Chi-Town, merely days afterward,
Again,
Enveloped violently; massively.

The message?  Evil speaks.
“You can have your pretty talented little back girls”,
“You can have your decades long workers”, . . . but,
I got this!!!
The message?  For evil to flourish, all it takes,
Is for many good Men/(Wo)men to do,
Nothing.     	     					            Alfreda Williamson, ©9/20/2013 

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  1. Date: 9/23/2013 3:35:00 PM
    Bravo!! We need to let our voices be heard more. It would reduce the amount of violence we see in the world today... BTW thanks for your comments and recent visit... Love ya..... Jake