Social Justice Poetry

segregation poems

Basket Weave | A Social Justice Poem by Langley Shazor

Intercultural divisions
Create indivisible boundaries
Invisible expanses
Inner city ravines
“Don’t go to that side of town.”
Because having “sense” and not
Being determined by one’s use of proper grammar
Or lack thereof
Substrata of self-inflicted segregation
This mangled microcosm
Apocryphal declarations of caste
Relentlessly decaying
Esteem and identification inhibited
Eight hundred years before two hundred year slaves
The framework was being laid
No coattails
Drawstrings of sack cloths ridden
Led by their own
Followed by others
Decolonization to recolonization
Reappropriation to misappropriation to disappropriation
A mile in shoes
A mile on bare feet
The direction remains