Culture Seeps

Culture Seeps

shutters swing off
paint peeling houses
surrounding boarded up windows
car alarms wail a sad tune
as lights flicker over
dim streets
cracked with potholes
culture seeps
through holes in walls
drifting lost in to skies
bottles sit
losing bubbles and frost
on three legged end tables
cluttered with ashes from newports
the ashtray long gone
will smith blares
into homes with worn carpet
and cigarette burned furniture
Roots is simply levar burton in a manacle
or
what you don't roll in a joint
the face of X
has been replaced by
the silky features of denzel
"beware of dog" signs
are obscured by graffitti
culture seeps
through holes in heads
mixed in with
blood and brains from a .45
as bandanas are waved
but no white flags
culture seeps
as we color
the same picture of
martin luther king jr
from kindergarten through third grade
and are fed the generic
massed produced
bios of the
important
black figures
culture seeps
as we learn of
christmas and channukah
bbut kwaanza is lost in the shuffle
one month we devote to
black history
but the whole year we spend in white bureaucracy
culture seeps
like smoke curling to clouds
culture vanishes

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