“Seven Senryu for Emmett Till” by Scott W. Williams

Seven Senryu for Emmett Till

1955a
Mother sends son south
for learning from the old folks

Safe with grandparents.

1955b
The boy fourteen flirts?
Did he forget he was a

Nigger in Dixie?

1955c
Did Emmett whistle?
Who dared question her claim?

How did the boy die?

1955d
Two cut out his eyes.
Two beat and shot and drowned him.

Said, “Justice is done.”

1955e
Two White men accused.
Two admitted killing him.

Two were acquitted.

1955f
South returns her son
Disfigured beyond belief

Mom shows his body.

2017
White men are both dead.
White woman breaks her silence

She tells us, “I lied.”

~*~

Scott W Williams photo

Scott W. Williams poems appeared in The Sunday Review, Coffeehouse Writings From The Web, Night & Day, Peach Mag, Ground & Sky, The Buffalo News, Juniper Poetry, Le Mot Juste, NAM Newsletter and Scryptic Magazine. Recent chapbooks are I Am Many Am I? and Bonvibre Haiku. He edits the Afro-Futurism anthology of poetry & flash fiction, A Flash of Dark.

Featured image by Alfred Leung

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