The Black Sound
Poems

The Black Sound

Pitch of the slave boat
Moans of people under siege,
Beat of the Congo;
Plantation melodies.
Rhythm of a whip
Song for the south
A tempo of sadness
Notes of distress
The black sound
Ghetto tune,
Junkie’s harmony,
Soft refrain
Of poverty;
Welfare line lyrics,
Player of racist instruments.
Broken line chorus
The black sound

About the author

Calvin CKerr