Black Steel in the Revolutionary Theater of the 21st Century

{or: a poetic re-interpolation of past's prologue to the present situation}

Like Cinque
Nat Turner 
Malcolm X
& Huey--

Because I'm a rebel...I rebel.
Nothing revolutionary
About it. Just plain survival.

The front lines
Are right here
In my own
Neighborhood.

I can't fathom fighting for 
This nation divided 
In disarray or its callous

Commitment to omission of our
Living & dying. 
I don't mean to come off
Incendiary, but 
Never will I pucker up to beg my

Own pardon
For who I 
Am or what
I've become.