By E. Ethelbert Miller 9-11-2017

Everywhere Trump Towers
rising from quicksand and cement.
Where do we find shelter from the storms?
What has collapsed is civility.
I believe how it ends is never how
it begins.
Since the beginning of the year
I've had a fear of flying.
So much white anger in the air.
I can't breathe.
What is this strange ash that covers
my black body?
How long has America been burning?

E. Ethelbert Miller

E. Ethelbert Miller is editor of Poet Lore and board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C. 

Don't Miss a Story!

Get Sojourners delivered straight to your inbox.

Have Something to Say?

Add or Read Comments on
"How Long Has America Been Burning? "
Launch Comments
By commenting here, I agree to abide by the Sojourners Comment Community Covenant guidelines and acknowledge that my comment may be published in the Letters to the Editor section of Sojourners magazine.

Must Reads