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 Watching or Participating?
The dead still wander the streets
Though the water has receded
It never truly stops threatening
To break the levees again,
The poor dead bemoan the living
‘We did nothing.
We trusted fate
We were too poor to do anything differently.'
So now they roam the littered and
broken promises called streets
In the Ninth Ward they outnumber us.

Now we are too distracted by a white woman
And a black man to hear their warnings
Apathy isn't sexy
And we have already forgotten
That the promise to rebuild
Is still laid to waste
Not just by a single white man in office
But by every red and blue
Congress member
How many terms must we wait
For things to get better?
When will we collectively
take responsibility
outside of our comfort zones?
Hoping to vote for change is not always enough.

Gandhi knew that brutality
had to be exposed for what it was
And how long will it take my friends
For them to beat us with the billy clubs of sadistic
Laws and American customs
In the guise of protecting the American way

The  politician is only as good as their façade has to be
How good do we have to be?
Apparently only as active
As it takes to complain
Or send an email…

Apathy isn't sexy
Giving in to hopelessness
isn't the American way
Getting jailed for your belief
that the system is wrong
was something they only did in the 60's

mothers and fathers
Sons and daughters are dying
And we are really too chicken
And comfortable
To do anything more
Than sit around
And do poetry.

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