Poetry by Kareem Shabazz

Plantation toil, Penitentiary moil,
When slavery ends
The Prison Industrial Complex begins.
Check your history 1863 to the 21st century
Wanton misery, no mystery.. statistics quite frightening,
Fraught with disparity…
African Americans constitute 12 percent of the nation,
50 percent of the prison population,
That’s mass incarceration, modern day enslavement,
Casting a wide net, Landing a big catch.
THE POOR, THE BLACK, THE INNOCENT, (Forever strang fruit)
Courtrooms abound with black youth!
Legal Lynching ensues the gravel is a noose.
Freedom dismissed American Justice amiss
School to prison pipeline, lucrative slave ship..
Dred Scott was the Genesis,
The after math stupendous,
Millions of lost souls…prison, probation, parole
civil liberty on hold, Democracy untold.
A dream deferred Martin’s nightmare has emerged!
A better world is possible, Prison Abolition is logical.
Society holds the the key,
Time to manifest some destiny,
Organize, mobilize, act in solidarity
Accomplish the feat.. Starve the belly of the beast…

Kareem Shabazz #590579
PO BOX 45699
Lucasville, OH 45699


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