coup d’état

“Little Boy and the Police” (Photo by Devin Allen)

there can be no peace
until every child
has a hot meal

there can be no treaties
until we sit down
and negotiate the revolution

not one hostage
shall be released
until you hang those

until those judges
mayors and corrupt officials
are all buried

• Sec0nd of four poems in honour of Black History month (February 2020)

Lamont Lilly is an independent journalist, Black radical activist, poet and community organizer based in Durham, North Carolina. In 2016, he was the Workers World Party U.S. vice-presidential candidate. Follow him on Twitter @LamontLilly Read other articles by Lamont.