Got a Right

a coast under clouds

This article originally appeared in Southern Exposure Vol. 10 No. 3, "Coastal Affair." Find more from that issue here.

. . . and ‘careers’ as cashiers and burger flippers.

Can’t speak for the others, yet,


I got a right

to hate

white hands

collecting rent

as oak trees vanish,

four-lane highways

tearing away

at corn fields planted with our sweat.

They dug up

the resting ground

of slaves

who tilled the cotton and indigo;

then put up a condominium

(the new ‘big house’)

where we grapple

with their soiled floors


dirty underwear.