Hidin’ Out

 Hidin' Out

i don’t have one.
i don’t buy none.
i don’t borrow none, 
i don’t crave none.

No!

i don’t want a single one
them racist bones,

not underside my ribs,
'tectin' my heart-

not overtop my skull,
shieldin' my brain-

not 'round my back,
bulwarkin' my spine.

No! 

When i’s an innocen' child
i’s not born, doctor's slap my backside, 
with some them

racist bones,

and Mother don’t love me
with no catchin' racist bones,

and books don’t teach me
no 'lectual racist bones,

and friends don’t pal me
no we in this together racist bones.

No!

But just a second young man-

now i been thinkin’ ‘bout it
long time-
goodly while-
indeed, mos' my life-

despite i lovin’ LeBron
roaring up court,
full steam ahead,
outta my way-

and marvel that Stephen Curry pest,
shootin' anywhere on court,
and swishin' 'em like
nobody's business-

why do i keep hopin’
yeah, why i be hopin’,

quietly,
so
nobody see me,
nobody hear me,
nobody know me,

and if i don’t have no racist bone,

growing inside me,

secret in my mind somewheres,
crouched down my heart chambers,
camouflaged in my soul,

all invisible like,

then why, 
i’m askin’ you truly why,

do i keep hoping some skinny
white kid come along,

someone most like

Cousy, Bird, Pistol Pete,

all rolled up in one skinny white kid
like one them Thai spring rolls
all mixed up vegetables,

come along,

and put a barricade on LeBron,

and hold Mr. Curry to 18 measly,

all the while putting up
a grand 42 and 12 unselfish

himself

on any given Saturday night?

If i sincere got no racist bone,
then why i be thinkin’ that way?

Somethin’ not quite right here.
Could it possible racism lurkin' my marrow? 
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Pexels.com

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