J. Patrick Lewis’s The Innocent

The Innocent

Emmett Till

1941-1955

There on a Mississippi Delta day,
Young Emmett Till would fall so far from grace
That Justice hadn’t anything to say.

No, colored boys should never disobey.
He whistled at a white girl to her face
There on a Mississippi Delta day.

They kidnapped him, two good ol’ boys at play,
A warning to the bravest of his race
That Justice hasn’t anything to say.

They beat him bloody, oh, they made him pay.
They kicked him, shot, and drowned him just in case,
There on that Mississippi Delta day.

Beware self-righteous predators who prey;
They make convenient evil commonplace
When Justice hasn’t anything to say.

The killers were acquitted, by the way,
A verdict Southern virtue would embrace
There on a Mississippi Delta day
When Justice hadn’t anything to say.

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One response to “J. Patrick Lewis’s The Innocent

  1. What a powerful poem! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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