Prayer (Song) for Magic

By Sean Medlin


17-year-old Travyon Martin fatally shot by 28-year-old George Zimmerman

17-year-old Jordan Davis fatally shot by 45-year-old Michael Dunn

18-year-old Michael Brown fatally shot by 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson

12-year-old Tamir Rice fatally shot by 26-year-old police officer Timothy Loehmann


white men with magnums

make black children phantoms,

I’m singing anthems

praying to freeze handguns,

I don’t have powers

but I produce poems

that ask if my children

can make all the cannons


[Chorus] (x4)

oh heavenly father

give us all your magic

give us every spell

you can lend


we have your good book

now we need your spell book

the bible can’t battle a bullet


A hundred years ago they used to put on a white sheet and use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they’ve taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms, they’ve traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they’re still doing the same thing.”

Malcolm X

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