The Other Side Of The Flag

I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I've tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied.
                                      ~ Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man



I.
Walt Whitman's
ghost strolls through
the projects singing
black is a beautiful thang...
while Sylvia Plath's
does the math of why
nickel bags
sell quicker
than liquor.


II.
Inner-city infants 
are greeted with
put your hands
against the wall and spread em'
as they exit
the womb.


III.  
Self indulgence
opens legs wide
for Capitalism
on steroids, whose
empathy shrinks
more and more
with each
passing
day.


IV.  
Crack
vial bones
buried under gentrified
condos and homes
leave no residue;
only microfiched
echoes.


V.  
The
ostracized
dream of being recognized
with dignity and humanity;
a delusion
often dismissed
on a long list
Betsy Ross
never sewed
into the flag.


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