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. 

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