We Be

“We be stayin’ in our luggage.”
the black rapper rapped;
the white guy considered his growing psychic baggage,
and then settled in for a long spring nap.

This same guy didn’t get the metaphor
for ready to go while staying safe in the ‘hood’;
he thought blacks were givin’ what-for
but he needed to get in the groove.

They, all ethnicities, agreed
that they in any and all hoods
have a common need
and those are now understood.

Stay apart by six feet,
wear a mask,
be very discreet —
that is your task.

And so they made their task routine
by staying home in self-quarantine
and the white guy continued his at home nap
while the black guy continued to rap.

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