Days Black People Not Re-Enslaved By Trump

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Papers Poems

Two quick pieces from my Facebook page:

I.

Let me see your papers

lemmie see the stamp

given your ancestors

as they passed through

Ellis Island

'cause

I don't think you're a citizen

Yo'

momma aint' have no passport

word is she was illegal

claimin' people as relatives

when it wasn't so

changed her name

so she could fit in



lemmie see your papers

'cause I'm not convinced

your pappy didn't

overstay his visa

knocked up

a citizen to get that green card

that would make you

an Anchor baby

like them

puritans

and calvinists

who

weighed anchors

off this shore

and trespassed

on north American soil

where

they received free health care

welfare in the form of

this is how you grow food



lemmie see your papers

like America is

Smith

Adams

Johnsons

And Madison

but

Uche

Tunde

and Kojo

been here as long as you

Mohammed

beat you to these shores

and showed Columbus the way

and besides

weren't y'all

the same fools

who just a few

wanted to

change the constitution

so the terminator

could run?

We know the deal

if you're white

you're alllllllright

browns can stick around

so long as you

show me your papers.


II.

Jim Crow

done seen new light

you'd

think trump had an alter to that ancestor

musta

poured mad libations

in order to become a vessel

for that spirit

can't blame it on the alcohol

channeling old English stand by's

like

citizenship papers

soon

Obama's gonna have ta

read portions of the constitution

you know

the part that says

nigga you can't vote here

or

put your name on a ballot

unless

ol' jim crow

set him down

and confirm he

be that

responsible negro

he

must think this be

back when

negroes went

rented out by masters

to apprentice

papers in hand

like

black boys in NYC

where fugitive slave codes

called stop and frisk

rule the land

like

donations and philanthropy

can buy ones way outta

jack assery

but

niggas still

gonna roll up in Atlantic City

but hopefully

now that Obamas shown the papers

he'll back bone up

and make 'em show us

the taxes.