Poetically Yours - Ep. 15 - Poet Says America Is A Long Way From Healing

Nov 13, 2020

Welcome to WNIJ's Poetically Yours. Poetically Yours showcases poems from northern Illinois poets. This week's poem is by Bear Wolf. 

Bear Wolf speaking at a Kishwaukee College spoken word poetry workshop in the spring.
Credit Yvonne Boose

Wolf is a Shawnee Gypsy Jew social justice humanist who lost count of his tattoos somewhere around 20. This world makes no sense to him, so he makes music and poetry.

Here's his poem "Wake Up Call, (Blue Horizons Are Just the Beginning.)"

Blue may have won 

But America is still lost 

 

The cost of living 

Is making a killing 

Rampant racism 

Races through our veins 

The stains of red 

Reigns 

Still flood 

The unfortunate 

 

True equality is still being pushed 

To the back  

Of the Bi-Partison party bus 

But ain’t nobody gonna be able to stop us 

If we actually work together 

 

Division has to go 

For this victory is hollow 

If we have nothing to show for it 

 

If we are truly going to rise 

Then we have to be wise enough 

To recognize 

That we have to rise above this entire mess 

I must confess 

That I’m still a bit worried 

That if we hurry through 

This need to 

Declare victory prematurely 

Then we are surely in for 

More 

 

Red stains are still reigning 

Shame in many places 

And fear on many faces 

If we are truly going to recover 

We need to rediscover 

Each other 

 

We must not let freedom 

Allow us to become numb 

Otherwise we are merely 

Free(to be)dumb 

 

I mean it sincerely 

When I say 

By all means 

Enjoy your celebration day 

But the true victory 

Is still quite a ways away 

 

  • Yvonne Boose is a 2020 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.