Black Boys

Black Boys
by Latorial Faison
For so many of our brief
years, we built our hopes on
dreams, energetic and
smart, gifted with heart, so
much passion, too much love
for life, but our lives were cut
short, our teen-aged Black 
manhood cut too short, too
soon; it is impossible to
realize, any more, the dream,
to fearlessly hoodie up our
heads in winter, to walk
southern, American suburbs
in early springs without
threat to any man or beast,
just kids with candies, sodas,
and teas. There will be no
junior and senior proms
for us, no caps, no gowns,
no senior pictures, no pomp
and circumstance for parents
to see, no new excitement
or reservations of going off
to a college town, our dreams
of higher education now shot
down in us; every hope and
wish, too many times have
come to this, too many Black
boys overtaken, not mistaken,
by darkness, left dead, robbed
of life in our infant beds, by a
Jim Crow, who keeps rising
from the racist dead, our young,
Black, innocent blood to shed.

© Latorial D. Faison. All rights reserved.
"Black Boys" was published in About Place Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, 1963-2013, A Civil Rights Retrospective

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