Pantoum Chant For Ferguson: 20 Miles a Day by Angela Consolo Mankiewicz

 

The marchers march on, twenty miles a day
to Jefferson City, the latest Selma.
They trudge through the years, they know the way
from fifty years past, twenty more miles

to Jefferson City, the latest Selma.
Where will we be – who will we be
in fifty more years? After twenty more miles,
child of today, what will you see?

Where will we be? Who will we be?
Dreamers redeemed? Roads without lives without sticks without stones?
Or, child of today, is what you will see
the night chanting names on slicked over roads

trudging though years, knowing the way;
still dreaming and marching, twenty miles a day.

One Response to “Pantoum Chant For Ferguson: 20 Miles a Day by Angela Consolo Mankiewicz”

  1. Beautiful poem in its echoes of past struggles, of lost gains. We don’t yet live in a post-racial society. The march for racial equality trudges forward, twenty miles a day. Change depends upon us, child of today.

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