#BlaPoWriMo: Hands Up, Don’t Shoot (poem)

Raise your hands above your head.
Pray; he doesn’t see your wallet,
he doesn’t mistake it for a gun,
he doesn’t pull the trigger five times
and five more when you turn to run.


This very short poem is in response to today’s Black Poetry Writing Month prompt: Write a poem for the Activist.Ā Bonus points were for a sonnet, but . . . I’ve never quite conformed to the traditional way of writing poetry. šŸ˜‰

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