Evil Gal Productions

Mere Smith
is a recovering Southerner,
longtime TV writer,
author and blogger.
July 14th, 2013 by Mere Smith

A Day In The Life (Of America)

A Day In The Life (Of America)



i read the news today

(poor boy)


about a lucky man who fooled them all

and though the news was pained and sad


my tears just made me mad

the futile hope i had


they knew the rule of law they said

and yet “not guilty” dropped from shapeless mouths

another black boy’s been erased

he’s gone and cold and dead

pavement stained with life outlined to show the place where he had bled


i saw the film today

(my boy)

the last two minutes you spent in the store

the crowd may only read your name

but i just had to look

you’re not a history book


i wish that you had lived


woke up, and felt the dread

a drowning heave inside my head

found my way outside and sought the sun

by looking up, the sky you’ll never see again

fought my voice and spoke your name

in every sound, a private shame

found my way inside with icy hands

and somebody spoke but i couldn’t feel a thing




i read the news today

(dear boy)

numberless holes in hearts across the streets

it’s an invisible roll call

we’ll never count them all

but now we know to place the blame is simply just a local call


i wish that you had lived



3 Responses to “A Day In The Life (Of America)”
  1. Saismaat says

    It’s hard. This kid’s death shames us all. Our legacy of racism and laws that reify privilege absolutely has race coded impacts. Did they dictate the result in this specific case? I don’t know. I didn’t see the case the jurors saw. I didn’t hear the arguments they heard, and I heard many things they didn’t. I know that this jury either did not believe the state proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, or it believed that the defense established self defense by a preponderance of the evidence.

  2. I can’t believe that I missed this, Mere. It brings it back into sharp focus, though. Sadness, anger, and nausea. Sangrea.

    This is highly effective.

    • Mere Smith says

      Thanks, B.! It was a confluence of ideas stampeding around in my head immediately after the verdict – I couldn’t seem to get them into prose coherently, so this was the result.

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