Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Letter for Bobo

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Letter for Bobo

Article excerpt

Sent a letter

To the governor of Mississippi today

Asked him

If he remembers

That the ghost of Chicago Bobo

Still swims

in the shallows

Of the Tallahatchie River

Not far

From the town of Money

Where the only Green

That exists

Is the Evil

That Men Do

On Delta Summer

Back Roads

Sent a letter

To the governor of Mississippi today

Marked it urgent

So that Dixiecrat Hands

Could make

Prompt response

To the actions

Of August 28, 1955

When Wolf Whistles

Sold more then Tickets

And Bryant's Grocery Market

Began to sell

2-cent Gum

Wrapped

With Grim Reaper

Death Cards

Sent a letter

To the governor of Mississippi today

Questioning

The hospitality of Sumner County

And its motto of prosperity

"A Good Place to Raise A Child"

Land

Of Strom Thurmond

Land

Of Sheriff Clarence Strider

Land

Of Jim Crow

Land

Of the Rope and Mob

Land

Of the Midnight Rides

And Southern

Pecan Tree Picnics

Sent a letter

To the governor of Mississippi today

Attached a copy

Of LOOK Magazine

And a picture

Of a 14 Year Old Corpse

In an open casket

Three Days

For the World to Witness

How a Swamp

Treats the mangled remains

Of Black youth

Wondered

If the names of Demons

Called Bryant and Milam

Still Haunt the Governor

And residents of Mississippi

In their sleep

Sent a letter

To the governor of Mississippi today

Gave him a list

Of his constituents

Told him that the following:

Will Moore

Reverend George Lee

Lamar Smith

Medgar Evers

And Raynard Johnson

Could no longer vote

Because they played

Poker with the Devil

And Drew Jokers

Dressed

As Separate but Equal

Executioners

Sent a letter

To the governor of Mississippi today

Requesting justice

For the family

Of Mamie Till Mobley

And Moses Wright

Provided an account

Of how a child

Carried his father's ring

To the grave

While a panel

Of Conservative Council Citizens

Took less

Then 67 seconds

To honor

Anglo-Saxon Pride

made it Possible

For two southern boys

To receive $4000 payments

Sent a letter

To the governor of Mississippi today

Inserted a piece of Barb-Wire

And a Blade

from a Progressive Ginning Company Fan

Same as the one

That held Little Emmet

Down in the bowls

Of the Mighty Tallahatchie

Spoke of

Plessy V. …

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