Saturday, 30 June 2018

Lynch Mob

(for Rashan Charles)

I saw the
CCTV footage
murder in
a corner shop
lynching dressed
up as
stop and search

What colour is
your hatred officer?
I bet it's Black
I see you and
fear for my sons

You used to
lynch in cells
now you use
our streets as well
we must claim
them back

Our anger shall
be the colour
of justice
our one defence
No justice - no peace.

© Des Mannay

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Des Mannay has won prizes and been shortlisted in 6 competitions, performed at 8 festivals, published in 8 magazines/blogs. His work has appeared in 15 poetry anthologies. Catch him on Facebook as "The stuff wot I wrote' Des Mannay - hooligan Poet". Twitter: @hooliganpoet