This first haiku is for a forthcoming book of haiku, I am publishing (don’t bite the copyright ;) … However, current events have recently made this short poem very popular and very potent. Thank you to poet and friend Susana Rinderle and organizer, childhood friend and mother Tangi Lancaster for asking to use this poem as their mantra to grieve and get something that at least resembles justice in the Trayvon Martin case. The haiku that follows Black Poem for America is brand new, and titled Only in America.
Black Poem for America
I’ll stop writing about how Black I am when you stop reminding me
Only in America
Only in America are dead Black boys tried for their own murder
* Haiku + Hakim = Hak-ku … coming soon.