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Michael T. Young: Sitting in the Dark

On the day another black man is shot

I sit with my family watching sparrows

pick through soil warmed in sunlight. 


That man should be here, learning 

from these birds, as we are, how to 

attend to the beauty before us.  


But in my country’s subtractions, it would

make him a digit in a story of numbers. 

By such calculations we lose more


than the math tells us: our names 

carried away when these sparrows 

take off in search of the sunlight.

Copyright 2021 Michael T. Young

Michael T. Young’s books include The Infinite Doctrine of Water published by Terrapin Books. He lives and works in New Jersey.

Michael T. Young

7 comments on “Michael T. Young: Sitting in the Dark

  1. Vox Populi
    April 20, 2021

    Richard Levine sent in a comment by email: “What a profoundly topical poem “Sitting in the Dark” is … from the smallness of sparrows to the immense and ever expanding roster of America’s racial sins, … another notch in our collective ballistic American consciousness.”

    Liked by 2 people

  2. djelloul marbrook
    April 20, 2021

    Here is the exquisite interrelationship of the smallest thing to the largest. You have enhanced the cosmic stream of consciousness, as usual, dear friend.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vox Populi
      April 20, 2021

      Thanks, Djelloul!

      Liked by 1 person

    • miketyoung
      April 20, 2021

      Thank you, Djelloul. These are always the kinds of poems I wish didn’t need to be written. But they must. The injustice demands it.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Rose Mary Boehm
    April 20, 2021

    Indeed. I am slowly heartbroken.

    Liked by 2 people

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