Bible Belted: Math

by Quraysh Ali Lansana


Pro-Black doesn’t mean anti-anything.
      El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

there are at least twenty-seven
white people i love. i counted.

four from high school, five from
undergraduate years, maybe

three from grad school
(one gay=bonus points) &

an assortment of compelling
melanin-deprived miscreants

in chicago & countrywide.
two brothas in the afterlife

remain why i add rather than

This poem was originally published in This Land, Vol. 5 Issue 5. March 1, 2014.