for Freddie Gray

62 years later
the Mississippi attorney general
closed the books
Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney
on the case of 3 civil rights workers
buried in separate graveyards
closed the books
not twinned
against the wishes of their parents
side by side
Mississippi could not find
magnolias flourishing
two friends


a sheriff or indict
crows caw
air full of pollen
the owner where the three
my friend Andy
were buried in a dam

Justice is blind, some say,
James Cheney mutilated
but Mississippi decked in white

all dead
staggers on

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