Social Justice Poetry

Caseworker Determining Eligibilty | A Social Justice Poem by Donal Mahoney

(Caseworker Determining Eligibility
Cabrini-Green Projects
Chicago, 1963)

The child, age two, hammocked in the half
moon of his mother’s arms, is locked
in palsy, yet moves an eyelid as I ask,
moves the other as his mother answers,
application form interrogation.
The father was a white policeman.
“Curiosity,” the mother says. “No more.
I didn’t go with him for money.”

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