Rashaad Thomas

Goasts of Jim Crow's Sunday

Rashaad Thomas
Goasts of Jim Crow's Sunday

By Rashaad Thomas

I tithed pigeons dressed in Sunday' s
best laid them down on Communion.
Bread and blood spill in tin plates
under white sheets Do This In Remember -
ance of Me
Vigil
Empty sanctuary, pews burn
bathed in gasoline, waited
three days to mourn
a wake
 
Earthworms and maggots
Hands Up, Praise' em Lord
Hands Up, Save' em Lord
Earthworms and magic
My wake waited three days to mourn
bathed in demonic water
Empty sanctuary, pews dry rot
 
Vigil -
ance of Me in this, Remember -
plates under white sheets.  Do
body and blood spilled in tin
Communion table pieces

Accompanying Haiku:

Sunday mourning school
Four girls burned alive singing
This Lil' Light of Mine