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(and justice for all)
The Distant Future
azuresorrow

twice I was pulled over for failure to signal
the first time
the policeman leaned a little to eye level with me at the car window

the blue and white lights of the patrol car behind me strobing in the dark
asked me if Id been drinking and I said no
gave me a ticket and
didn't demand anything of me and
didn't open my door and command I exit the vehicle
didn't reach and drag me out
while shouting STOP RESISTING
didn't draw his sidearm and fire
there was no slamming to the ground no handcuffs no radio calls for backup
no heel from the black boot of the state no GET DOWN ON THE GROUND NOW no America with its back turned. ambivalent
no I WILL LIGHT YOU UP no suffocating history of a thousand thousand beatings under the same baton
no news coverage to say I had marijuana in my system and no deference for the law
no PUT DOWN THE WEAPON or STOP REACHING FOR MY GUN
i was white and alive and
he just handed me the ticket
smiled and said you drive safe now you hear
and i thought
son of a bitch, a fucking ticket

the second time
I didn't even get a ticket


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