Meet My Hoax-tess

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[This is part of a response series inspired by Cornelius Eady’s “Brutal Imagination.”]

Brother Victim,

hear my tale

that’s much the same as yours.

Though without the applause,

no awards or elation,

for speaking out on my behalf.

Susan Smith,

you say,

made you who you are.

Tawana Brawley,

I say,

made me just the same.

Though you, at least,

were an only child.

I, apparently,

am one of a litter.

But am I

one of triplets?

or one of sextuplets?

Tawana first say this.

Tawana next say that.

Tawana wanna say,

whatever she say,

at time she say,

is still a fact.

Were we cloned

from three to six?

How did we multiply?

Am I each life?

Or just my own?

The rules forever change.

Pacify the politics.

Pacify the pocketbooks.

Pacify the publishers

who love something so juicy.

The need for open-mindedness

to take away the brain.

Espouse intelligence –

remove common sense –

only left with nonsense.

Tawana wannabe

little lost Dorothy

in the racial world of Oz.

Her dream world saves

Maddox, Mason, and Sharpton

from slaving away on the farm.

What a scarecrow…

What a tin man…

What a cowardly lion.

No brains.

No courage.

No heart.

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10 thoughts on “Meet My Hoax-tess

  1. Mary Cathleen Clark August 5, 2016 / 3:46 am

    Your poem sent me scrambling to the Internet, JW. Tawana Brawley’s name rang a bell, but I couldn’t remember concerning what. After a little research, I understood your poem. Great work, my friend. You do social commentary so well.

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    • jwtatfbc August 5, 2016 / 3:49 am

      Thank you, Cathy. I did a Taboo series in response to Eady’s book, which was slanted only from one perspective, and I wanted to point out equally bad situations from another perspective.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark August 5, 2016 / 3:57 am

        I Googled Eady also, since I wasn’t familiar with him. You continue to educate, as well as entertain me, JW. I’m not able to take facts and shape them into poetic verse; I have to completely make up what I write. Keep up the excellent and informative work, my friend.

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      • jwtatfbc August 5, 2016 / 4:01 am

        Wow! What writer could ask for a better response than that, my friend? I’m glad you were interested enough to dig deeper.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark August 5, 2016 / 4:06 am

        I want to understand what I’m reading, and since I wasn’t familiar with the references to people in your poem, I had to know their history to understand your words. And once I did, everything came together perfectly. I don’t know how you do it, my friend.

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      • jwtatfbc August 5, 2016 / 4:11 am

        The same way you do with your creative talent and research, my friend. As writers, we just want to get the point across the best way we can. And I have two others on this specific scandal that delve into it even more, and bring out all the lies and flaws, and a lot of bad results that occurred because it was allowed to play out… including an innocent man killing himself.

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      • jwtatfbc August 5, 2016 / 4:19 am

        You’re welcome, my friend. And good night and sweet dreams to you as well.

        Liked by 1 person

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