Whistlers
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miriamrosen
miriamrosen Writer, poet, teacher, beekeeper
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Listen, Listen,

Whistlers

Listen,

Listen, Listen

Listen, Listen For that high pitched

Listen, Listen For that high-pitch Clannish call.

Listen, Listen For that high-pitch Clannish call Isabella,

Listen, Listen For that high-pitch Clannish call. Isabella, British colonies,

Listen, Listen For that high-pitch Clannish call. Isabella, British colonies, 150 chained Souls.

Listen,

Listen, Listen

Listen, Listen For that tune

Listen, Listen For that tune Of white-washed memories.

Listen, Listen For that tune Of white-washed memories. Tobacco fields,

Listen, Listen For that tune Of white-washed memories. Tobacco fields, Slave labor,

Listen, Listen For that tune Of white-washed memories. Tobacco fields, Slave labor, A blight on a Nation's legacy.

That tune,

That tune, that tune

That tune, that tune Ode to bullwhips

That tune, that tune Ode to bullwhips And slave patrols.

That tune, that tune Ode to bullwhips And slave patrols. Ode to white fear,

That tune, that tune Ode to bullwhips And slave patrols. Ode to white fear, Bankrupt plantations,

That tune, that tune Ode to bullwhips And slave patrols. Ode to white fear, Bankrupt plantations, And rage over emancipation.

That tune,

That tune, That flag,

That tune, That flag, Fractured a Nation,

That tune, That flag, Fractured a Nation, Assassinated its better angels,

That tune, That flag, Fractured a Nation, Assassinated its better angels, Pressed a blunt knee

That tune, That flag, Fractured a Nation, Assassinated its better angels, Pressed a blunt knee on the neck of

That tune, That flag, Fractured a Nation, Assassinated its better angels, Pressed a blunt knee on the neck of Its Black history.

That flag,

That flag, Those statues,

That flag, Those statues, Over 1,700 symbols

That flag, Those statues, Over 1,700 symbols Of inhumanity,

That flag, Those statues, Over 1,700 symbols Of inhumanity Of treason,

That flag, Those statues, Over 1,700 symbols Of inhumanity Of treason, Of a fight for

That flag, Those statues, Over 1,700 symbols Of inhumanity Of treason, Of a fight for A Nation's identity.

That flag,

That flag, Those symbols,

That flag, Those symbols, Whistles for the

That flag, Those symbols, Whistles for the Whistlers.

That flag, Those symbols, Whistles for the Whistlers. Still brutal,

That flag, Those symbols, Whistles for the Whistlers. Still brutal, Still exclusionary,

That flag, Those symbols, Whistles for the Whistlers. Still brutal, Still exclusionary, Still chillingly influential.

On the beat,

On the beat, In the parks,

On the beat, In the parks, In the City Halls,

On the beat, In the parks, In the City Halls, They whistle

On the beat, In the parks, In the City Halls, They whistle They whistle,

On the beat, In the parks, In the City Halls, They whistle They whistle, That high-pitched

On the beat, In the parks, In the City Halls, They whistle They whistle, That high-pitched Clannish call,

Through those road signs

Through those road signs Through those army bases

Through those road signs Through those army bases Through those high-horsed

Through those road signs Through those army bases Through those high-horsed Men in gray statues,

Through those road signs Through those army bases Through those high-horsed Men in gray statues, And, through a loud-mouthed

Through those road signs Through those army bases Through those high-horsed Men in gray statues, And, through a loud-mouthed President, guilty

Through those road signs Through those army bases Through those high-horsed Men in gray statues, And, through a loud-mouthed President, guilty Of having no clue.

Listen,

Listen, Listen,

Listen, Listen For its what those whistlers do.

Listen, Listen For its what those whistlers do. Warning some,

Listen, Listen For its what those whistlers do. Warning some, Inspiring others,

Listen, Listen For its what those whistlers do. Warning some, Inspiring others, Hissing their on-the-sly tune,

Listen, Listen For its what those whistlers do. Warning some, Inspiring others, Hissing their on-the-sly tune, To say: "We're still here for you."

By Miriam Rosen

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