Twenty-three years is a long time to wait
and I wonder if it matters to you now:
if the lime burned out
your heart and your eyes
and the earth stopped your mouth,
then nothing has mattered
since they strapped you down
and slipped the needle in;
but what if your soul
or something like it
outlived that mortal shell,
did it dare to dream
the day might come
when the lie would be undone?
And how did it feel at the very last
to know that you must die
for the sake of some who shut their ears
and some who would not see?
Despite your face, your shirt and your shave,
in the end, they saw only your race.
‘A Hispanic male’ must outrun the world;
and justice is a long time coming.
© Abigail Wyatt
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Abigail is the 2012 winner of the Lisa Thomas Poetry Award. Her collection, 'Old Soldiers, Old Bones and Other Stories' , will be published by One Million Stories early in 2012.