I thank God my son was in California
when the police looked down at him sitting
on the ground and said to the suburban shopper,
who called security and reported him. “Is he the one?”
I thank God my son has white friends.
The fact that his friends were all doing the same thing—
making an action-packed testosterone video for school,
might have helped him some.
They let his friends do the explaining,
showed the po-lice
their guns weren’t real,
while my son held his head down on concrete,
his wrists handcuffed together
like the shackles of his ancestors.
They let him go with
a restraining order:
never enter our mall again
and I thank God it wasn’t
a restraining rope
in a community square
or a bullet
from a real gun.
Image credit: Abstract art (Cyclone Zone Amoled Backgrounds)