Monday, February 23, 2015

The Way It Should Be

Though "Selma" was snubbed
at the Oscars last night

and the award-winners
were strikingly un-diverse

R&B performer John Legend

was still able to get a word in edgewise
when he and Common
accepted the award

for the song "Glory"

"It's an artist's duty
to reflect the times
in which we live. 

We wrote this song for a film
that was based on events

that were fifty years ago

but we say that Selma is now
because the struggle
for justice is right now."

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.