For Those Who Find Yourself Embarrassed By “Riots” In Baltimore By B. Sharise

For those of you who find yourself angered and/or embarrassed by the “riots” in Baltimore:


your indignation is no loom.
it will not stitch together the broken
of that Black man’s spine
nor will it make him stand.
your disgust is no potter’s wheel
it will not shape him warm-blooded
laughing and living anew.
your shame is no Messiah
it cannot resurrect
then rise on Sunday.
Black bodies are not permitted
to play Lazarus
on White Supremacy’s watch.