|Sylvia Manning on left with Creekside Poets in Seguin, Texas,|
a town between Austin and San Antonio, where she winters.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
from Sylvia Manning, Couplets for 2 black men killed by police ....
Sylvia says that this poem came back rejected. One or two in the group told her to put it on this blog, even though it's not brand new. In her mind it met the sense of a poem we'd been given as prompt.
Couplets for 2 black men killed
For these two killed last week
in nearby cities, do we seek
But how is that done
when each of us has one
and only one? How then
does any justice serve? And when
will those who should be here
to save such lives be given clear
demand to stop the killing
of young black men, spilling
their blood and lives needlessly
onto our city streets, heedlessly?
(Forgive these weak and rhyming lines,
but how indeed the sacrifice of lives
dear to us?)
Seguin TX, 2016