Monday in B-Flat (Amiri Baraka)

October 6, 2008

I can pray
all day
& God
won’t come.

But if I call
911
The Devil
Be here

in a minute!

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Since I started teaching a GED class for convicted felons at the courthouse this summer, I have been reading a poem to my students after every class session. By necessity I have had to seek out poems that I think will speak to them, speak into their world. They have indulged me so far, and some even look forward to it. This is a poem I have read a few times, and have found that it brings a light of recognition with it.

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