Jittering on a Rim

5 White cops fatally shot in Dallas, 7/7/2016
Philando Castile fatally shot in Falcon Heights, 7/6/16
Alston Sterling fatally shot in Baton Rouge 7/5/16,
David Duke’s back 2016, and more. 
—the News

Locked Door

with all this shooting going on
it’s hard to tell who’s good
and who’s bad.

it must be one or the other
nuance having no place
in the middle of a race war.

despite injustice
the lid’s been on for many years
which made many glad,

but now it’s jittering on a rim
steam shooting out the sides
clanging like bell
threatening to blow
the locked door

by Jim Culleny