No Mercy for the Strays

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic


(Warning: Strong Racial Language and Situations)

 

No Mercy for the Strays

 

We had a cook, he was a racist

Once he told our black dishwasher

“I’ll find a good tree

To hang you from.”

 

I told the boss that evening

He smiled and dug my grave

I forgot that he had a horse named nigger

On his family farm

 

“Cook the steak on the fat” he’d say

“You don’t want to burn it black”

What I thought were pearls of his wisdom

Were just fangs being bared

 

Another month, a new job

I started having panic attacks

I’d get fired if I said anything

 

So I’d go out for a smoke

And just hold the cigarette in my hand

That was acceptable

 

Our best waitress is a single mother

She left the nest to chase tables

But the wallets come up empty

“She’s flat-chested, after all”

 

The lead was a teacher once

But there’s no music playing anymore

Not at the school

She teaches plating now

 

The dishwasher came out to his dad 

I asked how it went

“I’ll make him regret it” He said

“I’ll make him regret it today”

 

We got a new dishwasher

He was a doctor’s son

We never told him

 

I live in a hick town

Where the streets are changing their names

From Stonewall to Dubois

 

A town of peace and love

Where “old values”

Are espoused on signs

Hung from trees

 

A place of family and faith

Where god is dead

And the ones that “aren’t like us”

They killed him

 

This is a town of bigots and liars

A place to trample dreams

A place of compassion, church, honesty

And no mercy

 

No mercy for the strays

 


Submitted: October 15, 2020

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allenmw

Simple and powerful. Well told.

Fri, October 16th, 2020 1:24pm

allenmw

Simple and powerful. Well told.

Fri, October 16th, 2020 1:24pm

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