First Place Poem

By Bob McNeil

Text to Resurrect Revolution

Countee Cullen

and I are of this consensus:

Prejudice drafts psychopaths.

Their warpaths

transfix our people to many a crucifix.

There resides the reason why

my protest must never relax

from typing its attacks.

Addressed to your psyche,

my compositions are microphones for

Emmett Till, Michael Griffith,

Yusef Hawkins, Amadou Diallo,

Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham,

Trayvon Martin, Darius Simmons,

Jordan Davis and Renisha McBride.

Addressed to your psyche,

you can hear the murdered entreat:

“Don’t allow another name to join

a homicide report sheet.

Don’t allow another name to join

a homicide report sheet.”

Addressed to your psyche,

the compositions

I’ve written are parts of a bulletin,

the passages transmit

to our terra firma’s retina.

Addressed to your psyche,

my protest wants life

to evict the combustive

and discriminative.

If armed with you,

Lawfulness will live.

Originally published at on April 29, 2015.