Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

District of Columbia v. Heller


*Written June 26, 2008*

gun ban lifted in the District…
will the homicide now escalate?
will parents be any more afraid
to let their children play outside?
the last time i checked
some kids get shot by bullets
rushing through windows by surprise
so will the fact that handguns are legal
make any difference for black people?
will Chocolate City have cherry syrup dripping over its brim?
will the blood of potential, the white cell count of future leaders
diminish as if the four quadrants were infected by AIDS within?
it’s seems like there is no aid–
the chocolate melts and goes sour,
vanilla sneaks in to diminish it’s strength like water,
parents protect your sons and daughters,
cuz it’s dark and the summer is hot
pressure spreads until there is no room
and all i can hear approaching in the distance is…
all i can hear approaching in the distance is….
all i can hear approaching in the distance is…
BOOM!

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