Why Did You See

Every other race would have felt safe.
Every other race wouldn’t feel the hate.
Every other person gets to tell their story when they’re old.

Why did you see a loaded gun
when they held a vegetable
that they were going to buy
that they were going to cook
that they were going to feed
to their children
who now are without a parent
to fulfill their needs?

Why did you see an intent to kill
when they raised their hands
that they were going to drive home with
that they were going to open the door with
that they were going hold their dying mother with
who will now die alone?

Why did you see an opportunity to shoot
when they fled with their legs
that they were going to walk home with
that they were going to run a marathon with
that they were going to stride down the aisle with
but will now never do those things?

Did you see their white flag,
or only their black skin?

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