RECONOCIDO en QUISQUEYA (of the Dominican Republic 2013 law against its Black citizens, or how to plan for mass murder) by Lasana M. Sekou

Demonstration by the Reconoci.do movement, repressed by police in February 2013. (© Reconoci.do photo)

Demonstration by the Reconoci.do movement, repressed by police in February 2013. (© Reconoci.do photo)

A genocide poem in the making
for ‘the people of the book,’
hauled from the Roman Ghetto on Shabbat
might have looked like a question too)
marked 70 years ago is not so far off
from what tomorrow might bring today
for the scattered&descended people from ‘the high place.’
go ahead. i can wait.
on the heated @%#! of General Sun’s path i can wait.
like a boil anywhere on a barefooted restavek child
i can wait.
wait till Belaguer’s Baní black beast question
finds its final solution to ‘Mami, ¿qué quiere el negro?’
but some part of you it is bound to
ask on any given day, at any frightful moment
just when you ketch yo’self
wringing a doubt in the blink of an eye
wishing to deny this is happening
in dese caribbees ah we’z to 200,000,y mas, people
you can, at least imagine, that you know.
y
“Imagina que el país donde naciste un día te dice que
ya no perteneces a él.
Te quita tus documentos de identidad por tu color de piel,
tus apellidos o la nacionalidad de tus padres.”
ak
mi yo yo pral moute.
and
you can imagine,
even if you don’t understand all of this and that,
well, oui, ‘the good people everywhere will rise up’
to stop this! (to head off
the COUNT OF HORROR waiting below)
to at least suffer the little children not
to ask, what could TODAY IN CARIBBEAN HISTORY be,
HOY EN LA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA,
What must it be for Black born citizens?
UNO.To be
made stateless by the law of the land.
DOS.Again
the concentration camps;
army-ordered round-up operation and deportation.
TRES.It is on
to the bloody murder by soldier gun and militia machete
when the resistance mounts.

St. Martin poet/author, Lasana M. Sekou, reciting poetry. (© HNP photo)

St. Martin poet/author, Lasana M. Sekou, reciting poetry. (© HNP photo)

© 2013 by Lasana M. Sekou.

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