Which Way to America

So I was thinking about some of the “America” poems I like … and, just as I was about to type one of them for today’s offering, I remembered this song by Living Color.  So, thank you, Vernon, for putting a little more voice to my feelings today.

Which Way to America
Vernon Reid

I look at the T.V.
Your America’s doing well.
I look out the window
My America’s catching hell.
I just want to know, which way do I go to get to your America?
I just want to know, which way do I go to get to your America?

I change the channel
Your America’s doing fine.
I read the headlines
My America’s doing time.
I just want to know, which way do I go to get to your America?
I just want to know, which way do I go to get to your America?

Where is my picket fence?
My long, tall glass of lemonade?
Where is my VCR, my stereo, my T.V. show?

I look at the T.V.
I don’t see your America.
I look out the window
I don’t see your America.
I want to know how to get to your America.
I want to know how to get to your America.

 

And just now on the radio news, I hear, “Reaction continues to that Sean Bell verdict,” in a tone that sounds a little incredulous.  Incredulous?  Really?  Really? 

Yeah.  And then I click over to Hello, Negro and see this.  Guess I’ve got some incredulity, my own self.

[sigh]

 

2 thoughts on “Which Way to America

  1. I was just blasting this in my ears this morning. That and Rage Against the Machine. If they really sounded incredulous then I think we have our answer why the police know they can get away with it. Unbelievable.

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  2. This is belated, but I liked your post about your mom’s gardening, canning and bread-baking. It brought back memories of my mother doing the same things–not so much canning, though she did put up grape jelly once, but lots of baking and lots of fresh vegetables from our garden. The best thing in the world was bread hot out of the oven slathered with butter or margarine. She still bakes all the bread she and my father eat, and I have it for breakfast when I visit. ***** I’m looking forward to hearing about your new crop of students. Your stories about them and about what happens in class are wonderful.

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