Perseverance

If we called upon people’s better angels
do you think the people would
change their minds
or do you think they would
just stiffen their spines
as they usually do?
I’m not bettin’ the mine,
‘cause I’m thinkin’ the devils
will show up in time,
on the dime,
every time,
(as they always do)
but let’s keep cheering
for the angels,
for the angels, our betters,
who cry, “Black Lives Matter,”
all the time;
this is our history —
yours and mine.
Let’s make it count —
this time,
on the dime,
every time,                                                                     
all the time.

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